Tripura newspapers publish blank editorials to protest killing of journalist
A number of newspapers in Tripura on Thursday published blank editorials as a sign of protest following the death of a senior journalist, Sudip Datta Bhowmik, near Agartala on November 21. The journalist worked for daily Syandan Patrika and also contributed to local television channel News Vanguard. His death occurred nearly two months after the murder of a young television journalist, Santanu Bhowmik. Reports said a Tripura State Rifles trooper shot dead Sudip Datta Bhowmik from point-blank range just outside the office of Commandant Tapan Debbarma at around 11.30 a.m. Surprisingly, the journalist was taken to GB Pant Hospital in Tripura at around 2.30 p.m where doctors declared him brought dead. Syandan Patrika, Dainik Sambad, and Tripura Darpan are among the newspapers who published blank editorials on Thursday. Using editorial space to register protestEarlier on Tuesday, prominent newspapers in Manipur left their editorial columns blank following an incident when the BJP’s youth wing burned down copies of vernacular newspaper Poknapham in front of the BJP’s party office at Nityapat Chuthek. Read moreFive Nagaland newspapers were published with blank editorial space in November 2015, to protest what they termed an effort by the Assam Rifles to suppress freedom of the media in the State. Rajasthan Patrika on November 16 this year, left its editorial blank with a thick black border to register its strong opposition to the controversial criminal law ordinance of the Vasundhara Raje government that puts restrictions on the media and gives protection to public servants.Also, during the Emergency The Indian Express carried a blank editorial in protest against the censorship of the press.