IWPC condemns violence against journalists

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) The Indian Women’s Press Corps (IWPC) on Monday condemned the assault on journalists in the Patiala House Court here and demanded “strict action” against the culprits.

“(IWPC) condemns the brutal assault on journalists, including women, by lawyers in the premises of Patiala House Court. The assault took place in full view of police,” a statement from IWPC said.

“The journalists were covering the hearing of the arrested JNUSU president as part of their official assignment. Women journalists were punched, pushed and intimidated by lawyers in the court room and in the premises.

“Apart from the physical assault, damage was caused to their equipment like mobiles. Some mobiles were looted from the journalists as well. Some lawyers who stepped in to save the journalists were also roughed up.”

The statement urged the union home ministry to take action.

“The IWPC urges strict action against the lawyers and the instigators of the assault on journalists. The inaction by the police also needs to be accounted for.

“The IWPC urges the home ministry to look into the dereliction of duty by the police present in the premises.”

The statement expressed concern over growing attacks on journalists.

“It is a matter of great concern that attacks on journalists are going up at an alarming rate. The freedom to report fearlessly can only take place in an atmosphere that is free of intimidation and violence.”

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