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Attack on Paper

Thejas, a daily newspaper in Malayalam, published from Calicut and four other centres in Kerala, has been served with a notice by the additional district magistrates of Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram, to show cause why its declaration for publication shall not be cancelled for publishing news items, editorials and articles that “seriously compromised the national interests and national unity”. The order has been served under the Press and Registration of Books Act of 1867.

Thejas was launched on 26 January 2006 and a large number of its shareholders are supporters of the Popular Front of India. Its first editor was writer and social activist P Koya, who serves at present as its printer and publisher. Its present editor is N P Chekkutty. The newspaper’s vision statement declares that it is committed to serve the cause of the marginalised through peaceful and democratic means. It has never previously faced any allegation of damaging national unity as alleged in the present show-cause notice.

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