The International Federation of
Journalists (IFJ) joins affiliates and partners in the South Asia Media
Solidarity Network (SAMSN) in denouncing violent attacks on journalists and
media staff in India and Bangladesh.
David Devadas, a senior journalist
who has written extensively over the years on the Kashmir issue in the Indian
media, was assaulted by a police patrol on September 5 in Srinagar,
capital of the state of Jammu and
Devadas was driving through slow
moving traffic in the city that day when he was hit from behind by the escort
vehicle of a high state government functionary, according to a letter he has
since written to Omar Abdullah, chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir. He was
stopped at the next major traffic intersection by policemen on duty and told to
hand over his vehicle.
While Devadas sought to clarify the
reason why he had been stopped, a group of policemen approached and began
beating him severely with fists and metal batons. He was verbally abused and
accused of seeking to lethally assault the VIP convoy as it passed his car.
Devadas was then reportedly bundled
into a police vehicle and driven to a police station, his head held down
forcibly to the floor of the vehicle. The beating continued within the police
“The IFJ notes that Devadas has
approached the top political leadership in Jammu and Kashmir and also made a formal
complaint to high officials in the police command,” IFJ
Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.
“We demand that the personnel behind
this brutality be appropriately sanctioned in accordance with applicable rules
for police conduct.”
personnel of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) – an elite force dealing with
organised crime and terrorism – reportedly assaulted two members of the staff
of the Bangla Vision TV channel in a neighbourhood of the capital city Dhaka, on September 12.
Cameraman Russel Mizan and broadcast
engineer Hasanul Islam Raihan had to be admitted to a hospital in the city for
emergency medical attention.
The commander of the concerned RAB
cell has reportedly assured Dhaka’s media
community of a full investigation into the matter.
The IFJ calls for a transparent and
complete investigation into this incident and positive assurance that the RAB
personnel responsible will be punished for attacks on media staff.
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