16 Jun 2015

Sub: Indian Women’s Press Corps expresses concern over growing intimidation tactics against journalists

The Indian Women’s Press Corps expresses serious concern over the growing attacks on journalists either in the form of physical attacks or in the form of character assassination in the social media. Several instances have been reported in the recent past including imputations made by individuals in positions of public authority.

While responsible and ethical journalism should be the norm at all times, the recent remarks of a senior minister, accused of impropriety, about a woman television journalist in the social media, are deeply unfortunate. While journalists need to adhere to a code of conduct themselves in the execution of their jobs and refrain from media trials, a similar propriety of language and form is expected of persons occupying elevated positions of authority at all times, more so when they happen to be in government.
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