After the media persons were prevented from reporting the development in and around Hathras after the Hathras Gang Rape case, the Editors Guild of India has issued a statement condemning the same.
“The Editors Guild Of India condemns the manner in which the law enforcement agencies of the Uttar Pradesh government, led by Yogi Adityanath, have prevented media persons from reporting on developments in and around Hathras after a brutal assault on a woman leading to her death and the hurried cremation of her body by the authorities without the presence of the family of the deceased.”
The statement also shows displeasure over the way the government has tapped the telephones of journalists engaged in covering the Hathras incidents.
“Worse, the tapped conversation of the journalists has been selectively leaked, leading to a social media calumny against them.”
The Guild states that such conduct of the law enforcement agencies of the Uttar Pradesh government undermines and obstructs the functioning of the media. It has, hence, demanded that the government creates conditions in Hathras that do not obstruct journalists in any way.
The statement also states,
“Hathras is the worst such case in the scale of interference but the Guild also notes with concern that such attacks against the media are becoming part of a growing trend seen in recent months, in which a few other state governments have also indulged in such harassment of journalists.”
Read the statement here