Foreign journalists can visit Assam, says Union Home Ministry

Updated: Sep 04, 2019, 16:51 IST | mid-day online correspondent |

The spokesperson also said that the responsibility of publication of such information, and its consequences lie entirely with the media house concerned

Ministry of External Affairs. Pic/Twitter IANS
Ministry of External Affairs. Pic/Twitter IANS

On Wednesday, the Home Ministry said that any foreign journalist, whether that person is based in India or not, can visit Assam after taking the necessary permission from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). According to official sources, the Home Ministry will be consulted internally by the MEA before issuing such permission to any Journalist.

The officials said, "There is no PAP (Protected Area Permit) or RAP (Restricted Area Permit) in the state of Assam. Thus no PAP or RAP is needed by a foreign journalist." The Home Ministry's decision comes after a news report mentioned that "all foreign journalists working in Assam have been asked to leave the state," reports news agency IANS.

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Home Ministry spokesperson Vasudha Gupta through a tweet denied the report. In her tweet, Vasudha said that the information about Journalist being asked to leave Assam is misleading and incorrect. The spokesperson also said that the responsibility of publication of such information, and its consequences lie entirely with the media house concerned.

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With inputs from IANS

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