Media Attacked During General Strike in India’s Assam State

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)

strongly condemns the attacks on newspersons on professional assignment during

a day-long general strike called on August 28 by a youth-led political organisation

in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam.

 

According to reports received from the Journalists’ Union

of Assam (JUA), a constituent unit of the IFJ-affiliate, the Indian

Journalists’ Union, a number of journalists were the victims of planned and

targeted attacks that day.

 

Amulya Kumar Nath, correspondent for TV channel

Newslive in Goalpara district in the western part of Assam, was attacked and

his camera snatched. He was subsequently admitted to the local government

hospital. Two other journalists, Jayanta Kumar Das of Prime News and Raju Sahu

of the DY 365 TV channel were attacked at Barpeta Road and their motorcycles

and cameras damaged.

 

Dibyajyoti Nath, Ankur Das, Sourav Borkotoki and

Amarjyoti Talukdar - all Tezpur based journalists -- were invited to the

Bhojkhowa area to cover the general strike by its sponsors. Once they arrived

there, they were assaulted by these same persons.

 

Aside from these instances, Joyjyoti Gogoi a reporter for

Newslive in Sivsagar district was badly injured when police used batons to

control a protesting crowd.

 

The IFJ calls on the authorities to promptly identify

those responsible for these acts of violence and take appropriate action. These

attacks violate the basic norm of free movement of media personnel,  even on days of general strike since the

public have the right to be informed reliably about the day’s events.

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0918

 

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