Media protests on streets; Press Council of India demands police report on attacks on scribes

NEW DELHI: Reiterating that attacks on journalists discharging their professional duties was not acceptable, the Press Council of India has sought a report from the Delhi Police regarding the assault on media persons in the Patiala House Court complex.

“Our view is that attack on journalists doing professional work is not at all acceptable. I have sought a report today,” PCI chairperson Justice (retd) C K Prasad said.

The events at Patiala House court resulted in a massive outrage and top editors of national media and hundreds of journalists yesterday demonstrated on the streets demanding action against those involved in beating up members of their fraternity in police presence and sought Supreme Court's intervention in protecting freedom of speech.

The journalists shouting slogans against the Modi Government and Delhi Police marched from Press Club of India to the Supreme Court and submitted a memorandum to its Registrar seeking cancellation of licences of lawyers involved in the assault.

Earlier both the News Broadcasters Association and the Delhi Union of Journalists have issued statements condemning the attacks.

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