Updated: October 4, 2020 8:25:53 pm
The Editors Guild Of India Sunday condemned journalists being obstructed in doing their job within the Hathras case, the telephone tapping of reporters masking the case, and “famous with concern that such assaults towards the media have gotten a part of a rising development” in latest months.
In a press release launched Sunday, the Guild stated: “The Editors Guild Of India condemns the style through which the regulation enforcement companies of the Uttar Pradesh authorities, led by Yogi Adityanath, have prevented media individuals from reporting on developments in and round Hathras after a brutal assault on a girl resulting in her demise and the hurried cremation of her physique by the authorities with out the presence of the household of the deceased.”
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A 19-year-old Dalit lady in Hathras died Tuesday after being assaulted allegedly by Thakur males of her village. Her household has claimed she was gang-raped. After her body was hurriedly cremated by the police, her entire village was put under lockdown, with the police barricades lifted only on Saturday. The telephone dialog of a reporter with a member of the family of the sufferer was recorded and leaked.
In its assertion, the Guild stated: “Equally reprehensible is the best way the federal government has tapped the telephones of journalists engaged in masking the Hathras incidents. Worse, the tapped dialog of the journalists has been selectively leaked, resulting in a social media calumny towards them. Not permitting the media to go to the incident spots and tapping the telephone dialog of journalists undermine and hinder the functioning of the media.”
The Guild added that assaults on the media have elevated within the latest months, “through which a couple of different state governments have additionally indulged in such harassment of journalists.”
“Hathras is the worst such case within the scale of interference however the Guild additionally notes with concern that such assaults towards the media have gotten a part of a rising development seen in latest months, through which a couple of different state governments have additionally indulged in such harassment of journalists. The Guild condemns these and calls for corrective motion,” it stated.
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