Mobs Attack Media Teams in Mumbai

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins partners and

affiliates in India in condemning the August 11 violence in the western Indian

metropolis of Mumbai, which left three photojournalists seriously injured.


Information obtained from sources at the Indian Journalists’ Union

(IJU), an IFJ affiliate, and the Brihan-Mumbai (Greater-Mumbai) Union of

Journalists (BUJ), indicates that the journalists were targeted by a crowd that

had assembled at an open field in the south of the city, to protest against the

killing of members of the religious minority in recent communal violence in the

north-eastern Indian state of Assam and the Republic of Myanmar.


Three outdoor broadcasting (OB) vans belonging to well-known news channels

were also set ablaze in the violence which broke out after speakers at the

protest meeting reportedly denounced the media for not being attentive to the

suffering inflicted on members of the religious minority.


Participants at the demonstration reportedly turned violent without any

apparent provocation. Eyewitnesses say that they were seen asking for the

identity of the media persons present at the spot covering the demonstration,

before attacking them. The technicians staffing the OB van were asked to step

out and flee if they did not want to get burnt along with the vehicle.


The demonstration was organised by a Mumbai-based cultural organization,

the Raza Academy and a newly floated political platform, the Awami Vikas Party.


The photojournalists who were seriously injured have been identified as

Vivek Bendre of The Hindu, Prashant

Sawant of the Sakal Times and Atul

Kamble of Midday.


“We express our

solidarity with the injured journalists, and wish them a quick recovery”, said

the IFJ Asia-Pacific. “We also call on the authorities in Mumbai city to swiftly

identify and act against those responsible for fomenting and carrying out the

violent attacks”.


“We extend our

support to journalists and other media staff in India, as they organise a

sequence of protests to demand justice for this wholly reprehensible act of violence”.



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