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On 16 November this year, the date observed as the National Press Day, three news dailies in Nagaland ran blank columns in place of editorials. The news dailies picked up the occasion to protest a notification from the Assam Rifles dated 25 October 2015, that was received by six media houses in the state. On the same day, a joint statement by the editors of all the six newspapers in receipt of the notification was released.

The Assam Rifles notification asked the media houses to refrain from publishing public statements of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) or NSCN(K), an outfit banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) of 1967. The notification stated that the publication of such material would violate UAPA, and make media houses complicit in the unlawful activities of the banned organisation.

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