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Press Club of India Condemns Manhandling of Photojournalists by Delhi Police

Two photojournalists were injured as police personal roughed them up during an AAP protest in Central Delhi.
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Image Credit: Working News Cameraman's Association

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New Delhi: The Press Club of India (PCI) has condemned the manhandling by Delhi Police of several photojournalists covering the protests by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) protests against the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind. The incidents happened near the Patel Chowk Metro station in Central Delhi.

Several video grabs and photographs of the incident went viral through the day of the roughing up of journalists who were merely carrying out their professional duties.

A statement released by the PCI has demanded a high-level enquiry by a retired judge into the highhandedness of Delhi Police. Two photojournalists were injured in the action.


Read the full statement below:


Press Statement

The Press Club of India condemns the assault on photojournalists by Delhi police. The Working News Cameraman's Association has released photographs which showed unruly senior police officers holding some photojournalists by their throats and threatening others with dire consequences.

This happened while the photojournalists were covering the public protests by the Aam Aadmi Party workers against the arrest of their leader, Arvind Kejriwal. The Delhi Chief Minister was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on March 21. Supporters of Mr. Kejriwal have been on the streets of Delhi demanding his release for the last six days.

It is the job of reporters and photojournalists to cover political protests. As such, photojournalists who were assaulted by Delhi Police were merely doing their job. From the pictures it’s clear that senior police officers grabbed the throat of Mr. Arun Thakur from the India Today group—who has been in the profession for more than two decades—in the most threatening manner.

Another photojournalist, Salman Ali of Hindustan, fractured his elbow in the melee triggered by Delhi Police. Any form of assault on journalists and photojournalists is totally unacceptable.

We would also like to remind the top brass of Delhi Police that Freedom of Press is a fundamental right, which the Supreme Court has underlined on a number of occasions in most emphatic terms. As recently as March 12, 2024, a Supreme Court bench of Justices AS Oka and Ujjal Bhuyan stated: “Now, the time has come to enlighten and educate our police machinery on the concept of freedom of speech and expression guaranteed by Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution and the extent of reasonable restraint on their free speech and expression.”

From the behaviour of Delhi Police this morning, it seems even the words of caution by the highest court of the land have fallen on insensitive ears.

The Press Club of India demands a high-level enquiry by a retired judge into the highhandedness of Delhi police so that the aggrieved photojournalists get justice and are able to do their professional work without facing police brutality.

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