DUJ Condemns Beating of Journalists at UP Vidhan Sabha
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In a statement, the Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) has condemned the beating up of journalists at the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha today, February 20.
The incident happened when camerapersons and reporters tried to cover a scheduled protest called by the Samajwadi Party (SP) at the Assembly premises. They were attacked by marshals to stop them from covering the protest.
SP leader Shivpal Yadav and around 100 party MLAs were scheduled to protest beside the statue of Chowdhury Charan Singh. This area in the Assembly premises is usually utilised for such protests.
"The Assembly's marshals are mandated to ensure order within the house, not in the area outside it. The police are supposed to manage that area. However, the marshals came out of the building to beat up both the protesters and the journalists. A marshal was videographed, giving orders to attack in order to disrupt the protest. There is sufficient video evidence to prove that the mediapersons were deliberately attacked," the DUJ statement read.
Furthermore, the journalists' union highlighted how UP journalists have been complaining about restrictions imposed by the officials on their access to the Assembly.
"Much worse are the growing attacks on the media in Uttar Pradesh, ranging from raids by various agencies to vindictive prosecutions and arrests for exposing misdeeds by the administration."
DUJ has demanded immediate dismissal of those who attacked the mediapersons.
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