The Kohima Press Club (KPC) on Tuesday boycotted the state farewell programme of the outgoing governor of Nagaland RN Ravi to show their resentment.
For the first time, the members of the fourth estate boycott an event organised by the state government to honor the governor of the state.
In 2019, RN Ravi took charge as the state’s 19th Governor refused to interact with the media despite numerous approaches made by the scribes, held no record of press interactions, either as governor or as interlocutor.
KPC President Alice Yhoshu said, “RN Ravi, as Governor of Nagaland, has not only ignored the working journalists, but also the KPC and the Nagaland Press Association. The Raj Bhavan under him has also denied interviews to not only local media houses but national news agencies whose correspondents are our own members.”
All the members of the KPC unanimously decided to boycott the ceremony scheduled at 6 PM on Tuesday at the state banquet hall at the chief minister’s residential complex. On behalf of the Club, Yhoshu also wrote to the editors of all media houses in Nagaland.
“The Kohima Press Club is not asking you to boycott or not publish news about Mr. Ravi’s state farewell programme. We leave it to your prudence to decide, but we would deeply appreciate it if our Nagaland-based media houses could show solidarity with the stand that we are taking today. Mr. Ravi’s calculated behavior towards the Press and Media fraternity in Nagaland should not be allowed to become a precedent,” a section of the letter stated.
A senior journalist Kallol Dey had tweeted, “Departure of no other #Nagaland Governor has ever evoked such mixed emotions as that of RN Ravi, an ambitious stint of unprecedented moves & interventions. Journalists in Nagaland will of course remember him for his arrogant dictating of the narrative.”
Dey said “I am happy that KPC has finally taken a stand on the issue of how Mr RN Ravi did everything to make traditional (Nagaland-based) media all but redundant. This should have been done long ago. Not a single press conference held during his tenure, and complete indifference shown to innumerable requests made by journos belonging both to local media organizations as well as regional and national correspondents based in Nagaland. This is a bad precedent, and it can’t be allowed.”