NPA, NMA condemn attack on Patricia Mukhim


Dimapur, April 19: The Nagaland Press Association (NPA) has strongly condemns the attack carried out by two unidentified persons, hurling a petrol bomb, at the residence of the editor of The Shillong Times, Patricia Mukhim in Shillong on Tuesday evening.
Going by the way the attack was carried out, undercover, the sole intention appears to be to try and create fear on the men and women who serve in the Fourth Estate, the NPA said.
Stating that such attack in recent times against journalists in India is also an attempt to silence the voice of those who speak for the truth, espousing the cause of democracy and a free society that believes in peace and dialogue, the NPA stated attacks on journalists are also a reflection of growing intolerance in the country.
The NPA considered the attack on Patricia Mukhim as outright disrespect for the democratic values of peace and dialogue that the Fourth Estate represents, whether it is in Meghalaya, Delhi or Nagaland.
The NPA expressed faith in the newly elected government under the leadership of Chief Minister Conrad Sangma to get to the bottom of this attack carried out against a senior journalist from the North-East and bring the culprits to book.
The Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) has condemned the attack at the residence of Patricia Mukhim, Editor of ‘The Shillong Times’ at Umpling.
The cowardly act of hurling bombs and threats meted out to peace activists and journalists needs to stop, it said and urged upon all sections of society to stand against threats and intimidations and allow the Fourth Pillar function in a free and fair manner.
Expressing pain at the brutal attack, the NMA drew the attention of the Government of Meghalaya to ensure security of women.
It said the security of all citizens must be ensured and any crime committed should be dealt with as per law.
The NMA expressed its deepest sympathy and wished Patricia Mukhim speedy salvage from the trauma. (Page News Service)