IMPHAL, May 27 - Manipur scribes have decided to boycott any news pertaining to the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences(RIMS),the premier medical college of the NE states.
The step has been taken up by both the Editors� Guild Manipur (EGM) and All Manipur Working Journalists� Union(AMWJU) to denounce the RIMS media advisor Iboyaima Laithangbam�s unwanted attitude shown towards the reporters here.
It takes the matter seriously as the rude words of the Media Advisor belittled those working in media houses of Manipur, the EGM said in a release here.
It is unfortunate for a media person like Laithangbam Iboyaima who is also working as Imphal correspondent of The Hindu, to look down upon the media persons of the state, President A Mobi of EGM lamented, adding that they would boycott all news pertaining to RIMS until the Media Advisor tenders apology.
It also urged the RIMS authority to replace Iboyaima Laithangbam from the post of Media Advisor with a new one. Sharing a similar feeling, AMWJU has also decided to stop publication of any news related to RIMS with immediate effect until the RIMS media advisor Leithangbam Iboyaima is removed from his post by the concerned authority.
AMWJU president Wangkhemcha Shyamjai said RIMS media advisor Iboyaima reprimanded a reporter of Poknapham,a local vernacular when he went to RIMS to cover a protest by the nurses of the medical institution wearing black badges on Monday.
He said Iboyaima chided journalist Y Ibomcha at the protest site, saying that the journalist fraternity of Manipur as illiterate, sub-standard and impolite and they were responsible for the strike by the nurses� association of RIMS because they filed wrong reports for publication.
The remarks by Iboyaima, a former vice-president of AMWJU, have shown total disrespect to the media fraternity of the State, Shyamjai said and demanded he be sacked by the RIMS authority.
Taking serious note of the incident, an emergency meeting of AMWJU was held today and it decided to stop publication of any news item on development activities of RIMS with immediate effect until Iboyaima is removed from his office, he informed.