Editors Guild condemns Attacks On Journalists
In a statement, the Guild “unequivocally condemned recent attacks on journalists while they were on duty”.
New Delhi: Recently, Condemning attacks on journalists in two cities. The separate incidents of assault on journalists in Delhi and Bengaluru happened and The Editors Guild of India termed it as “reprehensible”.
The first incident that the association expressed concern was over the mob attack on Three journalists working with the Caravan were allegedly assaulted while they were in northeast Delhi’s North Ghonda neighbourhood.
They said that they were subjected to communal slurs, threatened with murder and sexually harassed, it alleged.
The second incident the guild referred to was on the same day in Bengaluru, as many as four journalists belonging to India Today, The News Minute and Suvarna News 24×7 were reportedly attacked by the city police while they were on duty reporting on the vandalism and police shooting in the wake of a mob violence in the city.” the Guild said.
In a statement, the guild “unequivocally condemned” the recent attacks on journalists while they were on duty.
Both attacks are reprehensible. The case of assault on journalists working with the Caravan shows a dangerous trend where communally inspired people can assault and harass journalists with impunity in the presence of an indifferent police.
The Editors Guild on Thursday asked the police in the respective places to initiate action against those guilty.
The Bengaluru incident also highlights the failure of the law enforcement agencies in maintaining an environment where the media can function freely and without fear, the Guild said.
The Editors Guild of India demands that the police authorities in Delhi and Bengaluru take cognizance of both the cases and quickly take necessary steps to initiate action against the guilty.
The freedom of the media to discharge its responsibilities without fear or harassment is an important and indispensable attribute of a functioning democracy.