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Statements by Editors Guild, by Press Club of India & IWPC

Saturday 9 April 2022, by siawi3

Source: http://sacw.net/article14865.html

India: Targetting of Journalists in Bombay, Bangalore, Delhi, UP, MP, Orissa..

statements by Editors Guild, by Press Club of India & IWPC

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The Editors Guild of India

PRESS STATEMENT

April 8th, 2022

The Editors Guild of India is shocked and outraged by the manner in which the police of Sidhi district, Madhya Pradesh, arrested, stripped, and humiliated a local journalist as well as some members of the civil society, on April 2, 2022, in retaliation against protest and associated news coverage of arrest of another member of civil society. Kanishk Tewari, a local reporter was covering the protest against the arrest of a theatre artist who had allegedly made some indecent remarks against a Bhartiya Janata Party MLA and his son.

Further shockingly, the police shot pictures of the journalist and activists and released them on social media in order to shame and humiliate them.

Though the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chauhan, has suspended the cops and ordered an inquiry into this horrendous case, but this increasing tendency of the police and local administration to brazenly attack and intimidate journalists is extremely disturbing and needs to be checked.

In another incident in Odisha on April 7, police in the Balasore district chained a journalist’s leg to a hospital bed after an alleged case of assault. The journalist Loknath Delai though has claimed that he was arrested in response to his reporting of corruption by the police and various irregularities in their affairs.

The inhumane manner in which journalists, stringers, and district reporters are often treated by the police, in an effort to suppress any independent reporting is a matter of grave concern.

The Editors Guild of India urges the Union Home Ministry to take immediate cognisance of police excesses against journalists and civil society members, and issue stern directions to all levels of law enforcement agencies to respect democratic values and freedom of press. At the same time strict action needs to be taken against those who misuse state power.

Thanks and regards,

Seema Mustafa, President
Sanjay Kapoor, General Secretary
Anant Nath, Treasurer

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Statement by Press Club of India

READ here

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Source: https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/press-club-of-india-on-journalists-arrest-over-leaked-paper-sycophant-up-cops-2864363

“Sycophant UP Cops”: Press Club On Journalists’ Arrest Over Leaked Paper

The UP Police had arrested three journalists alleging that they had roles in the leak of the Class 12 English question paper of the Uttar Pradesh school examination board last month.

All India

Written by Alok Pandey

Updated: April 05, 2022 8:14 pm IST

Lucknow:

The arrest of three journalists in eastern Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia last week over their alleged role in an exam paper leak has been strongly condemned by the Press Club of India which has called the move “arbitrary” and demanded their immediate release.

The three journalists - Ajit Ojha and Digvijay Singh, who work with the Hindi daily Amar Ujala, and Manoj Gupta, who works with another Hindi newspaper, were arrested by the UP Police for their alleged roles in the leak of the Class 12 English question paper of the Uttar Pradesh school examination board last month.

The police have made over 30 other arrests in the same district and claim the arrests are linked to the leak of the now rescheduled paper.

But the arrested journalists claim they are being framed by the district administration because of their reportage.

“I activated my sources and got hold of the leaked (Class 10) Sanskrit paper and sent it to my newspaper. It got published in the newspaper. The next day, the newspaper also printed the leaked (Class 12) English paper. This exposed the Ballia administration. These people got angry with us and we were framed in a criminal case. This is an assault on the freedom of the press,” Digvijay Singh, one of the arrested journalists, said in a statement.

“I am being asked repeatedly where I got the papers from and I said I got it from my sources. But these people have framed me instead,” Mr Singh added.

The administration has claimed the Class 10 Sanskrit paper was not leaked.

A second arrested journalist who works with the same newspaper claimed local officials asked him for a copy of the leaked Class 12 English question paper and he sent it to them in good faith.