New Delhi, November 17 (KMS): The Press Club of India (PCI) has demanded that a case filed against two women journalists by police in Tripura state be dropped.
Condemning the police action against the journalists, the PCI also urged the Human Rights Commission of India to take cognisance of the human rights violations by Tripura police in detaining the two scribes till night in the police station.
The Delhi-based women reporters, Samriddhi Sakunia and Swarna Jha from HW News Network, who came to Tripura to write on the recent incidents of anti-Muslim violence, were detained by Assam police on Sunday on the charges of creating hatred between communities. Later, they were brought to Tripura and formally arrested on Monday morning on the charges of posting inflammatory and fake news on social media. The two were, however, later released on bail on Monday.
The Press Club of India noted that this was not the first time that a media person faced harassment at the hands of the Tripura police.
“Journalist Shyam Meera Singh was booked under the UAPA for reporting on the disturbing incidents unfolding in Tripura,” it said.
For a democracy to thrive, the media should be allowed to do their job without any harassment, it added.