Two journalists beaten up by police in Assam

first_imgNews Organisation IndiaAsia – Pacific June 10, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more IndiaAsia – Pacific In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival February 17, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists beaten up by police in Assam Reporters Without Borders condemned the beating today by police of journalists Robin Dhekial Phukan (of the daily Asomiya Pratidin) and Parag Bhuyan (of Dainik Janambhumi) in Kakopathar (in the northeastern state of Assam), where they were reporting on a visit by state chief minister Tarun Gagoi. “It is shocking that reporters are beaten up just for doing their job,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “We demand that those responsible be punished.”Phukan was badly injured after a beating by a policeman, taken to a police station and then to hospital. Bhuyan was injured during a police charge against a crowd shouting anti-government slogans and taken to the local hospital and then to Tinsukia.Police refused to comment on the incidents and journalists then boycotted a press conference arranged for the chief minister.———————————————————–14.02.2006Black week for press freedom as violence explodes in Kashmir, Manipur and MumbaiReporters Without Borders voiced dismay over a wave of violence against Indian media by separatists and armed religious groups in the week of 6 February 2006.Attacks launched in this black week for press freedom included a murder attempt against one journalist, the ransacking of a TV station and a newspaper. One documentary was censored.“We urge the government in New Delhi to ensure that thorough investigations are opened so that those responsible are found and punished,” the press freedom organisation said.“Religious and separatist groups played an undeniable role in this violence. Their intolerance stands in the way of any lasting improvement in journalists’ working conditions,” it added.The Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) on 12 February admitted responsibility in a press statement for a murder attempt three days earlier against Ratan Luwangcha, bureau chief for the regional daily Poknapham in Imphal, Manipur state in India’s north-east.Three armed men fired several shots at the 40-year-old journalist on 9 February before fleeing on a motorbike. Three bullets hit him in the chest and legs. The journalist, secretary general of the Manipur state journalists’ union, had to undergo an emergency operation.His family described his condition as “critical” and said that he would probably need a second operation. He was expected to stay in hospital for at least three months, they added. Regional journalists organised a publication strike in protest at this “barbarous act”.On the same day, six members of the Javed Mir faction of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) ransacked the offices of the regional daily Greater Kashmir, bursting into the editorial office in Srinagar in the north-west overnight after the paper declined to publish one of its statements.In reprisal, they injured three staff, broke windows and stole computers. Security guards had been placed outside the newspaper after phoned telephone threats were received that same morning. Police arrested one suspect, Wajhat Qureshi, who was released on bail on 10 February.Greater Kashmir is Indian Kashmir’s top selling newspaper and has suffered several threats and attacks on previous occasions.Militants from the Hindu extremist Shiv Sena party on 8 February raided the offices of national television channel Zee in Mumbai, western central India, after it put out a sketch about conflict within the Thackeray family which leads the party. “This act of vandalism is a response to this hateful sketch (…) that ridicules the president, Uddhav Thackeray, and his cousin Raj (…) Thanks very much and keep the flame burning”, Bal Thackreray, head of Shiv Sena, was quoted as saying on the front page of the newspaper Saamna. Four people have been arrested in connection with the incident.Producer and director Atul Gupta said on 8 February that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had refused, under the 1952 cinema law, to award a release certificate for his documentary, Waiting, on the lives of wives of men who have disappeared in Kashmir.The director also revealed that during filming, his crew had been threatened by members of the Indian military and some Kashmiri civilians. The CBRC justified its rejection of the film on the grounds that, “It does not deal comprehensively enough with this complex and poignant subject”. Several directors of short films and film festival organisers have appealed to the Minister of Information Priyaranjan Dasmunsi to reform the 1952 law. News to go further News Follow the news on India RSF_en News RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media Receive email alerts In a black week for the press from 6 February 2006, an attempt was made to murder a journalist, militants ransacked a TV station and a newspaper office and a documentary was censored. Reporters Without Borders, appalled by this wave of violence, called on the government to ensure that those responsible were punished. March 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Taylor takes game at a time

first_img It said much for their defensive discipline under former centre-back Monk, who has attempted to add resilience to the free-flowing style that has become well established at the Liberty Stadium. But any idea that the Swans can maintain the momentum and push for a place in Europe is something left-back Taylor is not ready to consider. The Wales international said: “We are not thinking about anything like that. It’s week by week. “We have got a couple of massive games now against Arsenal and Manchester City and they are games where if we can get clean sheets it would be brilliant. “But we are not getting ahead of ourselves. There are games this season we should have gone on to win and games like Saturday where we have nicked points away from home at good places. “It is a crazy league and you have to take it week by week. I think teams are going to jump up a few places or drop down a few places every week. Top six? I don’t know, but we will keep striving to do well.” There were few chances at Goodison but Swansea had reason to feel aggrieved when Everton defender Antolin Alcaraz – who later went off with a serious shoulder injury – appeared to stretch out a hand to stop a Shelvey shot in the first half. Shelvey protested but referee Kevin Friend gave nothing and the former Liverpool midfielder’s frustration might have contributed to his needless first booking soon after. Shelvey kicked the ball away after conceding a foul and that was something that he would later regret when he was sent off after 72 minutes for impeding James McCarthy. Taylor, 25, said: “First half we were under the cosh and had to defend really well. Second half we came out and for the first 20 minutes we were perhaps the better team. We could have got a goal in that spell and were starting to think we could maybe win the game, but then the sending-off changed the game and you look then to get the point. “We did that and we have got to be happy with a point. They are a really offensive team and they commit men forward with a lot of attacking talent. If you keep a clean sheet at Goodison you have got to be happy.” The Toffees did apply late pressure but were unable to make it count. They might have snatched victory with what would have been the final touch of the game as Samuel Eto’o delivered a dangerous ball but Romelu Lukaku could not make contact in front of goal. The main positive for Roberto Martinez’s men was that the result at least extended their unbeaten Premier League run to three games. Goalkeeper Tim Howard said: “I think we’re all frustrated. It was a nothing game. There weren’t many chances at either end. “It was disappointing for us because we like to score lots of goals but we kept a clean sheet, which is a positive and a draw at home keeps us going. “We are playing well. We are in the middle of a pretty good run. Of course we would have liked to have won but we have got two other big games this week and this keeps us ticking over, and keeps us unbeaten in a few games.” Everton host Lille in the Europa League on Thursday and travel to Sunderland next Sunday. Press Association Swansea defender Neil Taylor is not getting carried away with top six thoughts despite another well-earned point for the impressive Welsh side. The Swans survived the second-half dismissal of Jonjo Shelvey to hang on for a goalless draw at Everton and further underline their presence at the top end of the Barclays Premier League. Overall, Garry Monk’s side lacked their usual fluency in a drab affair at Goodison Park but they moderated their ambition after Shelvey’s red card 18 minutes from time to ensure they avoided defeat. last_img read more