Published: March 27, 2020 5:37:48 am
Responding to the a number of circumstances of police stopping journalists from reporting in numerous components of the nation because the 21-day lockdown got here into impact, the Editors Guild of India has mentioned police wants to be reminded by the governments that journalists present a necessary service and are exempted.
The Guild additionally mentioned there needs to be common minister-level briefings the place the media will get the chance to ask questions.
In an announcement issued on Thursday, the Guild mentioned, “The job of the police is not to impede journalists’ work, especially under current circumstances, but to facilitate their functioning. The State and Union Territory governments and the police also need to be reminded that media has been exempted as an essential service under the current lockdown guidelines of the Union Home Ministry.”
It famous “with concern that high-handed and arbitrary police motion has obstructed many journalists from reporting on the coronavirus outbreak in lots of components of the nation”.
“Such action is self-defeating when media freedoms are critically important for covering the outbreak and the state response,” the Guild said.
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