The year was 2000. Nongthombam Biren Singh was the editor of an Imphal-based vernacular daily Naharolgi Thoudang. After his newspaper published the speech of an activist, Biren Singh was jailed on charges of sedition, allegedly for supporting militant groups.
“…We campaigned very hard to release him. Now he has started using NSA. We thought he would be lenient towards a journalist committing the same mistake,” says Babloo Loitongbam, director of Human Rights Alert.