Editors Guild writes to Assam CM over attacks on journalists

The letter comes close on the heels of Shillong Times editor Patricia Mukhim quitting the body accusing it of defending only ‘celebrity’ journalists. 

Published: 20th November 2020 09:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th November 2020 09:19 AM   |  A+A-

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal (Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  The Editors Guild of India has written to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal expressing concern over violence against journalists in the state. It sought the state’s intervention in putting a stop to such attacks.

“While we appreciate your firm condemnation of these incidents, the situation demands your urgent intervention to assure the media that they are safe to report without fearing retribution from the criminal mafia. In the absence of that a sense of impunity could embolden attackers who may believe that they are above the law,” said the Guild in a statement.

Journalists have been subjected to mob attacks, intimidation and threats which is vitiating the necessary environment for the functioning of an independent and vibrant media, it added. Attaching a list of 32 journalists killed in Assam since 1981, the Guild said most of the cases were investigated in a ‘shoddy’ manner with perpetrators still free. The letter comes close on the heels of Shillong Times editor Patricia Mukhim quitting the body accusing it of defending only ‘celebrity’ journalists. 

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