GAUHATI, India (AP) — Indian media and a rights group are accusing a paramilitary force of attempting to curtail press freedom by asking newspapers in an insurgency-hit northeastern state to stop publishing statements from a banned rebel group.
Nagaland Page newspaper editor Monalisa Changkija said the Press Council of India, an independent media watchdog, asked the Assam Rifles on Wednesday to explain why it issued notices to newspapers accusing them of supporting the group by publishing its statements.
The outlawed Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland killed 18 Indian army soldiers in May in the worst attack in two decades in the state. The group has been fighting for an independent homeland for Naga tribes. It ended 14 years of peace talks with the government in March.