Itanagar: The Indian Federation of Working Journalists (IFWJ) and the National Federation of Newspaper Employees (NFNE) on Thursday strongly condemned the vandalisation of the office of 'The Arunachal Times' on April 15 last.

In a statement, IFWJ General Secretary Parmanand Pandey said, “This is a challenge to the freedom of speech and expression by the hoodlums and anti-social elements”.

The state government must immediately swing into action to bring the culprits to book, and demanded adequate compensation and protection to the publishing house.

No one was arrested in connection with the vandalism in the office of the The Arunachal Times, a premiere newspaper of the state and the north-east.

The NFNE has also condemned the attack and urged the authority to book the culprits immediately. The NFNE extended its moral support to the decision of Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists and Arunachal Press Club ‘not to entertain any press releases issued by the government’ from April 24 till the culprits involved in the attack were arrested.

We extend our support to the media fraternity of Arunachal Pradesh at this hour, but we hope that the issue will be resolved before the state media is compelled to take the path of non-cooperation to government press releases" Nava Thakuria, zonal secretary of NFNE, said.

(Agencies)