10th Sep 2019 10:09:PM State
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New Delhi, Sep 10: The Indian Journalists Union has expressed its concern over repeated harassments of journalists by the governments in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
In the wake of two fresh cases, one involving the arrest of a journalist in UP’s Azamgarh district and an FIR being lodged against a journalist in Uklana district of Haryana, IJU issued a press release today expressing its resentment. Acting President of the union Geetartha Pathak and Secretary General & IFJ Vice President Sabina Inderjit said that targeting of journalists by the governments reveals their intolerance to truth and curtailment of the citizens’ right to be informed.
UP’s Azamgarh police arrested Santosh Jaiswal on Friday last for taking pictures and videos of children mopping floors at Oodupur Primary School. Reportedly, while Jaiswal called on police to complain against the school, the latter instead arrested him on charges of ‘extortion and obstructing public servants from doing their duties’. Interestingly, Principal of the school Radhey Shyam Yadav has claimed that Jaiswal often visited the school and harassed teachers/students and even forced kids to mop the floors so that he could take photographs followed by demand of money from him. District Magistrate NP Singh on Monday ordered an investigation after local journalists met him and explained the retaliatory police action against Jaiswal since he had made the errors of Phulpur Police SHO public.  It can be recalled that an FIR was filed against Pawan Jaiswal a week earlier for reporting kids in Mirzapur school eating chapatis and salt in their mid-day meal.

Likewise, in Haryana, Uklana district police filed an FIR on Friday against Anop Kundhu of STV Haryana News, for his voice-over of the news showing wheat being spoiled at Food & Supplies Department centre. The FIR was filed based on the complaint made by the Department’s Assistant Officer Sanjay Chahal, claiming the news to be ‘false’ and that Kundhu was ‘spoiling the image of the department and the official’. 
IJU has demanded withdrawal of cases against these two journalists and media in these states be allowed to carry out their rightful duties without any fear or favour. IJU PR

Kenter Joya Riba

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