Blank editorials today

IN Media Watch Briefs | 16/11/2015

The editors of six newspapers in the North East have issued a statement  reacting to the Assam rifles order. Three have left their editorial space blank today. The Morung Express said, “On the occasion of the National Press Day, The Morung Express is exercising its independent choice to leave the editorial space blank in protest against the ongoing efforts by the powers that be to curb the rights of the free press and to undermine the Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression."

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