21 September, 2020

'Wake Up Everyone, Don’t Be Afraid': Manipur Journalist In Jail Awaits Justice

Manipur scribe in jail for over two months. Charge is sedition, his Facebook post called CM a 'puppet'.

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Kishorechandra Wangkhem with wife Ranjita and their daughters
'Wake Up Everyone, Don’t Be Afraid': Manipur Journalist In Jail Awaits Justice
outlookindia.com
2019-02-08T11:34:48+05:30

For more than a month now, Ranjita Elangbam has been getting hundreds of phone calls from unkn­own numbers and strangers speaking in “strange languages”. She also gets the feeling of being foll­owed—the creepy sensation of unseen people watching her from the shadows, vehicles pulling up besides her on the road and then zipping away. And all these started after her husband, journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem, was arrested under the draconian Nati­onal Security Act (NSA) for criticising chief minister N. Biren Singh in a Facebook post. He has since been sentenced to jail for a year as the government considers him a “threat to the security of the state”. Critics and activists say it is yet another attempt by the BJP governments—in Manipur and in Delhi—to stifle dissent and free speech. But the unfazed state government has refused to back off.