NEW DELHI, Oct 3 - Editors Guild of India on Wednesday demanded the revocation of an order by Registrar of Newspapers for India (RNI) cancelling the registration of �Daily Desher Katha�, a mouthpiece of CPI-M in Tripura, and a probe into whether the decision was politically motivated.
In a letter on Monday, RNI said the publication was being suspended based on a verdict passed by the district magistrate of West Tripura, Sandeep Mahatme.
It cited �unauthorised change of ownership� as the reason for the cancellation of the Bengali daily�s registration.
The Editors Guild of India, in a statement, said it condemns the decision of RNI to cancel the registration of �Daily Desher Katha�, which is published from Agartala.
�The Guild is of the view that cancellation of the registration of a publication on the mere finding that there was a mismatch between the information of the editor, printer and publisher is not only a gross overreaction but also a draconian step that throttles freedom of the media,� the statement said.
The Guild, an umbrella body of media organisations, demanded immediate revocation of the order, pending further inquiry into the charges of misinformation.
It also demanded that a thorough inquiry is instituted by the government to investigate whether the decision was politically motivated. � PTI