AMN / NEW DELHI
The Home Ministry has asked all states to ensure safety and security of journalists in exercising freedom of speech and expression, in the wake of incidents of attacks on mediapersons.
In an advisory to the states, the home ministry also said all cases of attacks on journalists should be investigated promptly to ensure that criminals get persecuted in a time-bound manner.
The central government’s missive was sent in the wake of the killing two journalists, Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru and Shantanu Bhowmik in Agartala.
Recently a delegation of Delhi journalists led by Press Club of India President Gautam Lahiri met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking justice against killing and attacks on of journalists across the country.
The delegation submitted a memorandum to the home minister demanding prosecution of perpetrators involved in intimidation and killing of journalists across the country in last three decades.
Delegation urged the Home Minister to enact a law protecting lives of journalists and safeguarding their interests while discharging their duties, the delegation sought Singh’s intervention in preparing a status report by his ministry on the pending cases of violence and murder of journalists.
They also pointed out that over the past three decades there had not been any conviction in cases of violence against journalists.
The minister on his part assured the delegation that he would give active consideration to all the demands and deprecated violence against the journalists.