Media fraternity of Arunachal protest against reported police atrocities on Media houses and journalist in Guwahati, during the coverage of anti-CAB protest.
The media fraternity of Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday staged a candlelight protest at the Arunachal Press Club premises here against the reported attack on a Guwahati-based private news channel office allegedly by the security forces personnel on Thursday last.
Condemning the alleged high-handedness of security forces, the journalists holding a banner hashtagged ‘Muzzling Media’ raised slogans demanding freedom of press, liberty from dictatorship & censorship.
The protest was organized by Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) in collaboration with Arunachal Press Club (APC) and Arunachal Electronic and Digital Media Association (AEDMA).
“In order to register a strong protest against the police brutality meted out to ‘Prag News’ on December 12 and also the Govt of India’s censorship on media especially ‘Pratidin Time’, private news channel for telecasting anti-CAB protest news in Assam, we the members of APUWJ, APC and AEDMA have converged here to condemn the Central Government as well as the Assam Government’s attempt to muzzle the press from reporting the widespread protest in Northeast against the amended Citizenship Act, 2019,” said APUWJ president Amar Sangno.
“We want a free press. In a democracy like India, we are the voice of people and the press should be allowed to function without any censorship and without any repressive policy,” he averred.
Recently, the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in an advisory to all private television channels has asked to avoid showing content that could incite violence or cause law and order problems or ‘anti-national’ feelings.
Also, in a video that has gone viral in social networking sites, police can be seen barging into the premises of the Prag News channel office in Guwahati and using their batons on the camera persons of the channel