Goa media body condemns attack on journalists in Delhi

Panaji, Feb 16 (IANS) The Goa Union of Journalists on Tuesday condemned the attack on mediapersons at a court complex in Delhi, and also criticised Delhi Police chief B.S. Bassi for calling the multiple assaults a “minor incident”.

“The manner in which lawyers and others took the law into their own hands deserves to be condemned in the strongest possible terms,” a statement issued by the journalists’ body in Goa said on Tuesday.

It called the attack “an attempt to silence the media with the use of brute force by rowdy elements”.

Several journalists, along with students and faculty of Jawaharlal Nehru University were assaulted at the the Patiala House Court premises on Monday, where mediapersons were present to cover the remand hearing of students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar.

Journalists in the national capital on Tuesday took out a protest march to condemn the attack and demanded an investigation into the multiple assaults.

Criticising Bassi’s comments which referred to the attack as a “minor incident”, the statement also said: “Never can an attack on journalists (working) on the field be considered ‘minor’.”

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