New Delhi, June 10: Several media organisations on Sunday asked the UP Government to withdraw the criminal charges slapped on three Noida-based journalists.
The Indian Women's Press Corps (IWPC), Press Club of India (PCI), South Asian Women in the Media (SAWM, India), Press Association in a statement said, "The action taken by the UP Police against these three journalists is a clear case of administrative overreach and excessive in proportion by way of application of law."
"As mediapersons, it is our firm belief that journalists ought to conduct themselves responsibly, yet at the same time, we feel that criminal provisions of the defamation law should be taken off the statute books, given their repeated use against journalists and others," the statement said.
Following the condemnation by the Editors Guild of India over the arrests of journalists Prashant Kanojia, Ishita Singh and Anuj Shukla, various media organisations on Sunday came out and expressed outrage and shock.
While Kanojia has been accused of uploading a post about Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on the social media, Ishita Singh and Anuj Shukla, the Noida-based television channel Nation Live head and editor, have been charged with having aired a video on the UP Chief Minister. The arrests were made on Saturday.
On Saturday, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi had termed Kanojia's detention illegal and arbitrary, and urged the Allahabad High Court to take suo motu cognizance of the matter.
Earlier in the day, Editors Guild of India said the arrests of journalists is a condemnable misuse of law and state power."The police action is high-handed, arbitrary and amounts to an authoritarian misuse of laws. The Guild sees it as an effort to intimidate the press and stifle freedom of expression", the Guild said a statement. (UNI)