INDIA – It was reported that ten member journalists of the India based Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC) South Asia resigned from the group after its chairman was found to have had a meeting with the Myanmar junta chief.
The FCC South Asia chairman Mr. S Venkat Narayan is said to have met with four ministers of the terrorist junta council in Naypyidaw last week on invitation by the junta council’s newspaper.
Then on last Sunday (June 11) evening, ten members of FCC South Asia including chiefs from well-known news media such as The Economist, Washington Post, AFP, Financial Times, Radio France International and ARD submitted a signed notice informing their resignation, citing above trip of the chairman.
It was also mentioned in the notice that 22 foreign correspondents and former members of the FCC were in agreement with the contents of the notice.
The members expressed shock and embarrassment over the chairman of such a group going on a trip to meet the Myanmar junta council and called it an act of destroying the image and reputation of FCC South Asia.
One of the members who had signed the notice revealed that he only found out about the trip when it was published in Myanmar junta council’s mouthpiece Global New Light of Myanmar.
The FCC South Asia chairman had replied no comments to questions regarding the case. It was also reported that an emergency board meeting of the group was held last Tuesday on June 13.