New Delhi: The National Union of Journalists NUJ and Delhi Journalists Association (DJA) on Wednesday strongly condemned the attack on a journalist in Kolkata and demanded action against the perpetrators.
According to media reports, the scribe, who was covering a press conference, was manhandled by an unidentified person inside the Press Club, Kolkata on Tuesday, which was also condemned by the club.
NUJ (I) president Ras Bihari said: “We condemn the attack on the media and demand immediate arrest of those responsible for it. Journalists should be allowed to do their work. This incident is condemnable. This is not a good sign for a healthy democracy.”
He also demanded strict action against the attacker and urged the state government to provide medical facilities to the injured scribe.
The journalist has lodged a complaint at the Maidan Police Station in the state capital. Journalists and photographers from several prestigious newspapers and electronic media of Kolkata were present at the press conference organised by the non-government body All India Ekta Foundation. During the presser, the Foundation announced its support to the Trinamool Congress in the Assembly elections.
According to the injured journalist, he asked a question about secularism which was also answered but after the end of the press conference, when he was talking to some journalists; one person approached him and asked his media organisation name. On hearing the name of the organisation, the man left but soon came and attacked him, however, the journalists and press club security personnel present there quickly took him under control. Some other journalists standing nearby were also injured in the incident, NUJ (I) said in the statement.
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