GUWAHATI, Aug 30 � Several city-based journalists and newspaper employees� organisations today held a protest meeting denouncing the violence perpetrated by the activists of the All Assam Minority Students� Union (AAMSU) during the August 28 Assam bandh.
The meeting unanimously decided to ask the AAMSU leadership to tender public apology for those incidents. Moreover, the meeting resolved to boycott all news related to AAMSU for the next three months.
The meeting also appealed to the editors of newspapers and news channels not to entertain articles or speeches by AAMSU leaders and its workers during the period. It also urged all press clubs, press guilds, journalists organizations not to support press meets organized by the leaders and workers of AAMSU.
In another resolution,�the meeting decided to organize protest demonstrations throughout the State on September 1, where the city-based journalists and other mediapersons will gather at press club premises for the programme. The rural journalists can organize the protest programmes at their own places. Moreover, every journalist of Assam were requested to wear black badges on that day.
The participants of the meeting later took out a procession in protest against the incidents of atrocities on the on-duty mediapersons. They also submitted a joint memorandum to the State DGP.
In their memorandum, they said that some antisocial elements have come up with an evil design to spread terror among the peace-loving people of Assam and they have strategically started attacking mediapersons on various occasions.
The recent bandh, called by AAMSU along with many other organizations on August 28 last witnessed violence in several parts of the State and the mediapersons were also attacked by the supporters of the bandh.
The signatory organisations of the memorandum include Journalists� Action Committee, Assam Tribune Employees �Union, Guwahati Press Club, Journalists� Forum Assam, Assam Union of Working Journalists, Electronic Media Forum Assam, Journalists� Union of Assam, Assam Photo Journalists� Association and the Eastern India unit of the National Federation of Newspaper Employees. Copies of the memorandum have also been sent to the Chief Minister, Chief Secretary and Home Commissioner of the State.