Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Editors of leading media organisations have condemned the threat by the banned United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) to senior editors and journalists in Assam opposing efforts at muzzling the press. In a statement, they have urged ULFA to honour the freedom of expression, which gives the Front extensive space in the media.

Expressing their "strongest opposition" to efforts to intimidate and muzzle the media in Assam, Manipur and other parts of the North-East by armed groups, the signatories to the statement maintained that "there cannot be any compromise on the freedom of expression." Further, they pointed out that "it is this right that gives ULFA and similar groups extensive space in the media and it is unacceptable that these organizations should abuse such rights."

The editors who have put their signatures to the statement include H.K. Dua (The Tribune), Ravinder Kumar and Sanjoy Hazarika (The Statesman), Harish Khare and Siddharth Varadarajan (The Hindu), Om Thanvi (Jansatta), Bharat Bhushan (The Telegraph), N.K. Singh (Dainik Bhaskar), besides columnists Kuldip Nayar and Bharat Karnad.