Monday, July 07, 2008

Protest dharna by media persons at Gangtok.


protestGangtok, July 06: A protest dharna was organised by media persons at Titanic park of Gangtok here today to voice their concern over attacked on seven journalists on last Friday evening. ‘Who will guard the guards', ‘Stop targeting journalist' and ‘We want freedom of Press' are mentioned in their placard.

Disruptive mask personals had beaten journalists here yesterday while working in office of Hamro Prajashakti where Shekhar Khawas, reporter of Himalaya Darpan and Vijay Gurung, reporter of UNI was severely injured. In this incident Anjan Upadhyaya, Editor of two local dailies suffered serious injuries. Other injured journalists are Pabitra Bhandari, Anup Rai, Thakur Subedi.


Newspapers and all agencies in Gangtok will boycott all government functions

Gangtok, July 06: A meeting of Press Club of Sikkim along with the working journalists, editors and publishers of all the local dailies as well as the regional newspapers representatives was held today at Press Club. The Club unanimously decided to submit a letter of intimation to the Director General of Police and the Home Secretary on 7 th July demanding that the suspected accused involved in the Friday night attack at ‘Hamro Prajashakti' office whose name has been given by the Hamro Prajashakti management should be detained for interrogation by the investigating team of Sikkim Police within twenty fours hours of submitting the letter.

The Club has also resolved that should the arrest not be affected by the said time, the newspapers and all agencies will boycott all government functions and ignore all the government press release until the case is solved.

Attack on journalist's resident at Darjeeling condemned

Gangtok, July 06: Press Club of Sikkim and all working journalist condemned the act of throwing stone at the resident of Hindustan Times Correspondent, Amitava Banerjee, near Big Bazaar, Darjeeling .

This "cowardly act" only reiterated the increasing intolerance towards the media's role as a watchdog. The club called upon the authorities concerned to take immediate steps to apprehend the culprits and ensure that such acts of "uncivilised barbarism" do not recur and journalists and their families are provided protection.

Journalists Beaten, Rallies with slogans

Gangtok, July 06: Members of Press Club of Sikkim, Sikkim Mahila Patrakar Sangh, Weekly Editor's Forum and Pragatisil Nari Patrakar Sangh on Saturday organized a protest rally and condemned an assault on seven journalists and demanded that the attackers be brought to justice.

The mediapersons wore black armbands and carried banners and hoardings condemning the attack and seeking an assurance from the state government that the right of expression of the media would be protected.

Unruly activists had beaten journalists in Gangtok yesterday while working in office of Hamro Prajashakti where Shekhar Khawas, reporter of Himalaya Darpan and Vijay Gurung, reporter of UNI was severely injured. In this incident Anjan Upadhyaya, Editor of two local dailies suffered serious injuries. Other injured journalists are Pabitra Bhandari, Anup Rai, Thakur Subedi.
The journalists also submitted a memorandum to the Director General of Police (DGP) R M Raveendran and Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), range, Akshaya Sachdeva seeking immediate arrest of the culprits.

Police officials assured the journalists that the assailants would be arrested soon.

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