TDN World : The Editors Guild of India has came up with a statement on Wednesday denouncing alleged attack on a journalist working with The Caravan magazine by a police official in the Delhi’s Model Town police station.
The journalist, Ahan Penkar (24) had gone to cover a field-report on the afternoon of 16th October outside the Model town police station in north Delhi where a protest was going on against an alleged murder and rape of a Dalit teenager. the protest ws organized by the teenage girl’s fmily and some student activists.While it was the duty of the police to register an FIR and listening to the victim’s family, on the contorary they showed hostility. “The police detained the protestors as well as Pemkar, even when he was performing his professional duty. despite displaying his press credentials, Penkar was slapped, kicked and detained by the police for 4 hours. His phone was seized and his reported material including photographs were deleted,’ The Editor Guild mentioned in the press note.
Condemning the police action, the Editors Guild of India (EGI) said that it is “dismayed at the brazen attack by a Delhi Police official”.
“The egregious assault on Caravan’s reporter violates constitutional principles and media’s right to report freely
“EGI demands strict action from the Union Home Minister and Delhi Police Commissioner against police officials involved in this assault so that such incidents do not take place in the future. Also, it should instruct halting of any case against the journalist,” said EGI which is a non-partisan association of editorial leaders in India operational since 1978 with an objective to protect press freedom.
The Editors Guild further mentions that such attack on The Caravan magazine journalist is not first time. “Penkar is the fourth journalist from The Caravan who has been attacked in last two months in the Indian capital”, it added.