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PCI Condemns Attack On Journalists In Odisha, Punjab

New Delhi: The Press Council of India on Thursday sought feedback from the governments of Punjab and Odisha in reference to reported assaults on journalists in these two states.

The Press Council of India (PCI) mentioned it has taken suo motu cognizance of alleged focusing on of journalists through the COVID-19 lockdown interval in each the states.

In a single incident, purportedly an FIR was lodged towards Jai Singh Chibbar, reporter, Punjabi Jagran newspaper for writing a information report about an unnamed minister, and in a separate incident, Main Singh Punjabi of Rozana Pehredar newspaper was allegedly tortured by two ASIs of Mohali Police Station, the PCI mentioned.

“The Press Council of India strongly condemns torture or physical violence perpetrated against any journalist or media person in any part of the country. PCI, taking cognizance in the above matters has called for comments from the State Government of Punjab,” it mentioned in an announcement.

One other reported incident was focusing on of journalist Mahadev Nayak by maintaining him hostage in a short lived medical centre and damaging his press gear at Korua panchayat underneath Nuagaon Block, Jagatsinghpur, Odisha purportedly for reporting on violation of COVID-19 tips by Sarpanch of Naugaon Aranya Nayak who was in quarantine, the press physique mentioned.

“Taking cognizance in the matter, PCI has called for comments from the state government of Odisha,” it mentioned.


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