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Journalist Babie Shirin is pictured in the office of the Imphal Free Press newspaper. The chief minister of Manipur accused the publication of criminal defamation in relation to an article Shirin wrote in 2018. (IFP/Telheiba)

Manipur’s ex-journalist chief minister pursues Imphal Free Press for defamation

On the morning of February 1, instead of working on her usual assignments for the Imphal Free Press, journalist Babie Shirin drove with the newspaper’s publisher Mayengbam Satyajit Singh to a court on the other side of town. On arrival, they were arrested, then granted bail on a bond of 30,000 rupees (US$420) each. Their…

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