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Editors Guild condemn UP govt action
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Editors Guild condemn UP govt action

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New Delhi, Sep 2: Condemning the Uttar Pradesh government’s action to file an FIR against journalist Pawan Jaiswal, for his report that rotis and salt were being served to school children as their lawfully guaranteed mid-day meal in Siyur primary school, Mirzapur, the Editors Guild of India on Monday urged the state government to withdraw these cases forthwith. “The Editor’s guild of india condemns the Uttar Pradesh government’s action of filing an FIR, under various sections of the criminal law, against journalist Pawan Jaiswal, for his report that rotis and salt were being served to school children as their lawfully guaranteed mid-day meal in Siyur primary school, Mirzapur.

It is a cruel and classic case of shooting the messenger. It is precisely exposés such as these that show how valuable free and fearless journalists are to a democratic society. It is shocking that instead of taking action to fix what is wrong on the ground, the government has filed criminal cases against the journalist. The Guild urges that the state government withdraw these cases forthwith and ensure that the journalist is not put to any further harm or harassment,’’the Guild said in a statement. “Even if the government believes that his report is wrong, there are easy and conventional redressal available. Using the IPC and police is no way to respond to this,” it said. The Guild also expressed grave concern over recent incidents of restrictions on the overseas travel of journalists.

‘’ The Guild also expressed grave concern over recent incidents of restrictions on the overseas travel of journalists. The latest being the denial of travel permission at the airport for journalist Gowhar Geelani, who works for a German media organisation. The law does indeed give the government such powers but only in the rarest of rare cases and following due procedure and disclosure. There must be transparency in these decisions,” the statement said. The Guild urged the government not to create a situation where the constitutionally and legally mandated freedoms of media representatives are compromised. (UNI)