In an emergent meeting of the Press Club, members of the club have decided to take out a protest march on Wednesday to the Raj Bhawan, the residence of Punjab and Haryana Governor, to press for a swift and stern action on those who attacked media persons in court premises in Delhi.
“Journalists on duty look both at the court and the police to protect them against violence but they were left in helpless when they were attacked inside the court in Delhi,” Press Club of Chandigarh president Balwinder Singh Jammu said while addressing journalists who gathered to decide on the protest.
It appeared the police looked the other way when journalists were being targeted and attacked inside the court premises in Delhi, journalists said.
“We hope the court will take the matter seriously and take an appropriate action against violence inside the court premises,” he said.
Journalists demanded that a judicial inquiry by a sitting Supreme Court judge be instituted immediately. The inquiry should be completed within a fixed time frame.
The inquiry should begin with the Delhi incident and should cover all attacks on media persons so that full proof measures could be taken to ensure security of media persons while exercising their right to free speech and expression across the country.
Members demanded that the Press Council should take a suo mottu action on the incident to ensure freedom of speech, a fundamental right of each citizen of India.
Club members demanded that the Union Minister Rajnath Singh should report before Parliament on the first day of budget session as to what action has been taken against those who attacked media persons.
Governing Council of Press Club has urged the journalist to gather at club premises tomorrow at 11am to take out a protest march to the Punjab and Haryana Governor’s residence.