In a letter to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati, the Editors’ Guild of India has protested against the rising cases of “intimidation, threats and violence” against journalists in the state.
The Guild letter to Mayawati comes after an incident of alleged manhandling of two journalists of a television news channel by the UP police. The Guild has asked the chief minister to take all necessary steps to ensure that media can function freely in the state.
“Two journalists from IBN7 — Shalabh Mani Tripathi and Manoj Ranjan Tripathi — were victims of police brutality, reportedly because they helped expose the conspiracy and cover-up behind the death of deputy chief medical officer Y.S. Sachan in the Lucknow jail hospital,” the Guild said in a statement.
“The scribes were able to prevent false cases being registered against them by the police only because one of them managed to escape from police custody and the city’s media protested against the false arrests,” the statement issued by the Guild said.
The Guild has appreciated Ms Mayawati’s prompt action in suspending two police officers responsible for arresting and threatening the concerned journalists. However, it has expressed its deep concern that the police harassment of the media has become common in UP. Asian Age