GUWAHATI: At least three journalists from Myanmar have fled and taken shelter at Moreh in Manipur.
Expressing concerns over the development, the All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWIU) has asked the state government in Manipur to accord them protection.
AMWJU appealed to the Manipur government to give them safe passage to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, New Delhi, where they can seek official refugee status under the international convention on refugees.
All of them were reportedly working in an independent media organization of Mizzima.
Mizzima is known for its India-friendly stand and it had signed an agreement with Prasar Bharti too in 2018 for content sharing. It was the first time Prasar Bharati had signed an agreement with a private media house.
In June 2020, the Mizzima organised a musical evening with artists from all parts of the northeastern states.
After the February military coup in Myanmar, the military had taken away Mizzima’s license, arrested several of its journalists, raided the Mizzima office in Yangon, Myanmar and even froze their bank account in Yangon.
However, many scribes of the group have been continuing to report and wok in a hostile situation.
Manipur was currently in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, with many refugees from Myanmar illegally crossing the border with India to reach the town of Moreh.
Although the state government has issued directives against setting up refugee camps, local communities in Moreh have been providing shelter to refugees on humanitarian grounds.
On Monday, more than 100 Myanmar nationals tried to flee to India through Moreh borders.
Earlier, the Ministry of Home (North East Division) New Delhi had sent a letter to the Northeast States bordering Myanmar stating that no illegal migrants must not be allowed to enter the country.