Do note misbehave with journalists says Justice Markandey Katju

New Delhi: After the remarks of the High Court, the PM and CM have also announced that, those who act rudely  with journalists will be fined 50,000  and those misbehaving with journalists can be jailed for 3 years. Those arrested for threatening journalists will not get bail easily

CM Yogi says that in case of trouble to the journalists, contact them immediately and provide assistance and talk to the journalists with respect or else you will have to pay dearly.

FIR will be registered against the misbehaving police personnel, otherwise action will be taken against the SSP. Journalists are not part of the mob.

Keeping the same in mind, the President of the Press Council of India, Markandey Katju has warned the state governments and instructed them not to misbehave with journalists etc.

In case of violence or ruckus at any place, the police cannot interfere with the journalists in their work.

The police cannot treat journalists the way they remove the crowd.

A criminal case will be registered against the policemen or officers.

Katju said, “Just as an advocate fights a case of murder of his client in the court, but he does not become a murderer. Similarly, journalists do their work in a public place but they are not part of the crowd. Withholding from their work is a violation of the freedom of the media.
The Press Council has sent instructions to the country’s Cabinet Secretary, Home Secretary, Chief Ministers, Chief Secretaries and Home Secretaries of all the states in this regard and it has been clearly stated that violence by police or paramilitary forces with journalists will not be tolerated.

Governments should ensure that no such action happens with journalists.

Violence by the police with journalists will be considered as a violation of the right to freedom of the media, which is given in Article 19A of the Constitution and a criminal case will be registered against the policeman or officer who misbehaves under this section of the Constitution.

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