Imphal, December 5: Days after a Manipur journalist was booked under National Security Act for his Facebook post, the Indian Journalists’ Union condemned the act as “blatant misuse” of the legislation.
Kishorechandra Wangkhem was detained on November 27 “with a view to prevent him from acting in any matter prejudicial to the security of the state and to the maintenance of public order”, according to a government order.
He was arrested by the Manipur Police for posting a video critical of Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Facebook.
The National Security Act allows law enforcement agencies to detain people merely on the presumption that they could harm national security. It also denies them access to a lawyer or a hearing in a court of law.
The Indian Journalists’ Union demanded a revocation of the detention order and Wangkhem’s “unconditional release”. “The Indian Journalists’ Union will not tolerate the state authority’s act of setting a wrong precedent,” said Narendra Reddy, the union’s secretary.