Call for separate laws to tackle scribes’ murders

  • Journalists observe 2-minute silence on International Day

Hyderabad/New Delhi: Thousands of journalists across the country took part in the ‘International Day against Impunity on Crimes against Journalists’ on Wednesday by observing two minutes silence in memory of journalists killed on the line of duty.

The United Nations has designated November 2 as International Day for safety of journalists and against impunity on crimes against them. The Press Council of India (PCI) and the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) have urged all the media organisations to observe two minutes silence in memory of the journalists killed in the line of their duty.

S N Sinha, President, Amar Devulapalli, IJU Secretary-General, and Sabina Inderjit, Vice-President, International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), in a statement expressed grave concern over increasing attacks on journalists in the country. “Four journalists lost their lives this year so far and eight were killed last year. The number of journalists killed in the last two and half decades crossed 100. But about 94 percent of journalist murder cases were either pending in courts or the culprits were acquitted for lack of evidence. 

“We strongly believe that democracy has no meaning if the journalists are killed with impunity for discharging their democratic duty of informing the people and exercising the freedom of expression on behalf of the people. We demand that a separate law should be enacted for the safety of journalists and for stringent and deterrent punishment to their killers and attackers in the country,” the statement said.

The IJU leaders called on the working journalists’ organizations and editors to mobilise the support of all democratic sections of society to achieve a strong legal frame work for the safety of journalists as recommended by the United Nations.

-NSS

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