A group of journalists attacked by police in the state of Gujarat

first_imgNews April 9, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A group of journalists attacked by police in the state of Gujarat India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media Organisation Follow the news on India IndiaAsia – Pacific In a letter sent to the interior minister of the state of Gujarat, Gordhan Zadaphia, Reporters sans frontières (Reporters Without Borders – RSF) denounced the attack on some twenty journalists by police in the state of Gujarat (west of the country). “After accusing the media of exaggerating the extent of the recent wave of inter-community violence in the state of Gujarat, the authorities of this state chose the most reprehensible way to act by preventing the press from doing its job,” said Robert Ménard, RSF general secretary. RSF called on the minister to provide the resources needed to the commission of enquiry so it could carry out its investigation completely and ensure that the appropriate sanctions be applied. According to information obtained by RSF, some twenty journalists and media professionals were attacked on 7 April 2002 by police officers at Gandhi Ashram, a quarter of Ahmedabad (state of Gujarat, west of the country). The journalists were covering two peace demonstrations that were disrupted by members of Gujarat Yuva Morcha, the youth section of the BJP (party in power). As the incidents began, Deputy Commisioner of Police V. M. Parghi told Pranav Joshi, a cameraman with the private television station NDTV, to stop filming. After Joshi asked why he was to stop, he was hit in the head and fell to the ground. Witnesses said that the police charged the journalists, threatening them with their guns. The incident ended about ten minutes later, after Shivanand Jha, head superintendent, who had done nothing until then, ordered his men to withdraw. Harsh Shah and Harshyal Pandya, respectively photographer with the daily Indian Express and journalist with the private television station ETV, were, like Pranav Joshi, seriously wounded during this attack. Pranav Joshi was hospitalized and placed in intensive care. A photographer with the Times of India was also hit in the ribs and kicked. Dhimant Purohit, correspondant for the Aaj Tak TV channel, Sanjeev Singh, NDTV reporter, Amit Dave, photographer with the Jansatta newspaper, Ashish Amin, reporter, Ketan Trivedi and Gautam Mehta, respectively journalist and photographer with the Gujarat Samachar newspaper, have also been beaten. Journalists filed a complaint against the deputy superintendent shortly after this incident. The minister of the interior for the state of Gujarat issued a communiqué during the night of 7 April, denying that the police officers attacked the press. But another official communiqué, issued several hours after that of the ministry, stated that a commission of enquiry was being set up and would be chaired by a retired judge of the High Court. The commission is to issue its report in three weeks. On 8 April, the Gujarat government announced that superintendents Shivanand Zha and V. M. Pargi were being reassigned, and that a criminal investigation was being launched. In the beginning of April 2002, Sonal Kellog, journalist with the Asian Age newspaper, was beaten up by Gujarat police while she was interviewing Muslim women who had complained of police atrocities. Receive email alerts to go further RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 March 3, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News June 10, 2021 Find out more News IndiaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority

first_img News Help by sharing this information March 26, 2021 Find out more to go further Harassment of Ukrainian TV journalists Follow the news on Ukraine Ukraine’s National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting has revoked the licence of Priamyi FM, an opposition radio station, and continues to pressure its sister broadcaster, Priamyi TV. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the harassment of this privately-owned media group for nearly a year and calls for Priamyi FM’s licence to be restored.The station’s licence was withdrawn on 3 September on the grounds that it did not comply with a requirement to begin broadcasting with a year of being issued broadcast frequencies. It is true that Priamyi FM did not use two of the frequencies it was assigned but that was because they were defective, as the radio station reported in December 2019.Reputedly close to the government, the Council ignored Priamyi FM’s request for new frequencies and has instead now rescinded the radio station’s licence without any warning – a first in the Council’s history. The Priamyi media group has announced that it will appeal against the decision.Priamyi TV has meanwhile been subjected to three inspections by the Council within the space of six months – in January, April and June of this year. Each inspection had a legal justification – insults on the air, for example. But other media guilty of similar violations have not been inspected.The National Bureau of Investigation (DBR), which polices the police in Ukraine, has also had its sights on Priamyi TV since the summer of 2019, when it began investigating its owner, Volodimir Makienko, on suspicion of embezzlement. The DBR searched his apartment in November 2019 and was given permission by a court in the Kiev district of Pechersk on 18 February 2020 to seize administrative documents from Priamyi TV. They were returned after no incriminating evidence was found.Priamyi TV producer Svitlana Orlovska says a new raid on the TV channel is due to be carried out soon while DBR chief investigator Oleh Koretskyi said on 8 July that he had been under considerable pressure from his superiors to ensure that Priamyi TV stopped broadcasting.“In the run-up to local elections in October, the withdrawal Priamyi FM’s licence is an initial, dangerous step towards censorship,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The repeated, arbitrary inspections of Priamyi TV constitute unacceptable political pressure. All these ploys violate article 5 of Ukraine’s broadcasting law and threaten the media pluralism that is necessary for democratic debate. We call for the radio station’s licence to be restored and for an end to the harassment of the TV channel.”A TV news channel that is critical of the current government and has many viewers, Priamyi TV is itself receiving a great deal of criticism nowadays because of the favourable treatment it gives to former President Petro Poroshenko, and its hostility towards his opponents. A former pro-Poroshenko parliamentarian, Priamyi TV’s owner insisted in 2017 that he would not interfere in its editorial policies.The broadcast media in Ukraine are extremely polarized by the country’s divisive politics. Ukraine is ranked 96th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. August 20, 2020 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central Asia Media independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment RSF_en Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media Receive email alerts News February 26, 2021 Find out more Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV Credit : Priamyi TV News Organisation UkraineEurope – Central Asia Media independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment September 7, 2020 Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority Newslast_img read more