The Editors Guild of India has condemned the assault on a journalist by an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer in the course of the native elections in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. The guild mentioned it was “deeply disturbed” by the persevering with pattern of heavy-handedness by the state authorities in opposition to journalists and media.
“This incident has come against the backdrop of increased persecution of journalists in the state of UP, as the state has punished, penalized and incarcerated journalists in an effort to intimidate them from freely reporting on crimes, state excesses and the management of the pandemic,” it mentioned in a press release.
Divyanshu Patel, the Chief Development Officer or CDO of Unnao, was caught on digicam chasing down the TV reporter and beating him as a result of he was filmed by the latter allegedly serving to kidnap native council members to cease them from voting.
The guild mentioned it finds the incident “highly condemnable and actionable”. “Even though the CDO has subsequently apologised to the journalist, this attitude of heavy-handedness by the administration is hurting the democratic rights of the media,” it added.
The guild had final month condemned the UP Police’s “track record of filing FIRs against journalists to deter them from reporting serious incidents without fear of reprisals”.
It hit out on the Yogi Adityanath authorities in Uttar Pradesh citing the instance of Hathras, saying, “Siddique Kappan, the journalist who was arrested while reporting on the rape and murder of a Dalit woman in 2020, still remains in jail under UAPA, in spite of several appeals by the family and the civil society to afford him a fair trial”.
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