Meghalaya’s oldest English every day falls prey to COVID measures

Shubhadeep Choudhury                                                                         

Tribune News Service

Kolkata, August 25

“The Shillong Times”, the oldest English every day printed from the picturesque Meghalaya capital, has stopped publication following a authorities order asking for closure of its workplace on account of 4 non-journalist workers of the organisation testing COVID constructive.

Since August 23, the 75-year-old every day has not hit the stands because of the step initiated in opposition to the paper by the authorities. Patricia Mukhim, the paper’s fiery editor, has alleged that the closure order amounted to violation of the liberty of press.

Mukhim, who’s a recipient of the Padma Shri and variety of different awards, right now tweeted in exasperation, “It’s the 3rd day that The Shillong Times is barred from publishing because 3 machine operators and 1 driver tested Covid+ive. Since then all staff & family members have tested negative vide RT-PCR. Premises sanitized but for obscure reasons ban persists.”

“Whither Press Freedom when forces inimical to it hold the keys to whether an entire newspaper establishment can be contained because 4 non-journalists test Covid+ive”, Mukhim added in one other tweet.

A be aware printed on the paper’s web site mentioned that theirs was the one media home on the earth to have fallen sufferer to Covid-19. “The administration has declared our building as a containment area after three non-journalists tested COVID-19 positive. Despite all the protocols being in place, an official order picked holes where there was none,” the be aware acknowledged.

“We will be back,” assured the be aware nevertheless it didn’t give any date when the print or net subject of the every day can be obtainable for the readers once more.

The August 22 order issued by East Khasi Hills district Justice of the Peace M War Nongbri, whereas declaring “the office building and staff quarters of The Shillong Times as a containment area”, added that every one authorities and personal establishments situated inside the boundary of the realm “are hereby closed forthwith, till further orders”.

Patrucia Mukhim was in information final month when a village council in Meghalaya filed a criticism in opposition to her alleging that her feedback on Facebook about an assault on 5 non-tribal boys in Lawsohtun village by some tribal youths may incite communal rigidity.

Shillong Times’ proprietor Manas Chaudhari, additionally a recipient of the Padma Shri award, had remained a minister with the erstwhile Congress authorities in Meghalaya.

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