Revealed: March 27, 2020 5:37:48 am
Responding to the a number of circumstances of police stopping journalists from reporting in several components of the nation for the reason that 21-day lockdown got here into impact, the Editors Guild of India has stated police wants to be reminded by the governments that journalists present an important service and are exempted.
The Guild additionally stated there needs to be common minister-level briefings the place the media will get the chance to ask questions.
In a press release issued on Thursday, the Guild stated, “The job of the police is not to impede journalists’ work, especially under current circumstances, but to facilitate their functioning. The State and Union Territory governments and the police also need to be reminded that media has been exempted as an essential service under the current lockdown guidelines of the Union Home Ministry.”
It famous “with concern that high-handed and arbitrary police action has obstructed many journalists from reporting on the coronavirus outbreak in many parts of the country”.
“Such action is self-defeating when media freedoms are critically important for covering the outbreak and the state response,” the Guild acknowledged.
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