On August 15, around early afternoon, a few columnists took to web-based stage Twitter to communicate their interests over the expanding occurrences of writers being assaulted the nation over. This was a piece of an online crusade propelled to censure the ascent in assaults on writers in the country.
In the previous week, in two separate occurrences, eight columnists were assaulted while carrying out their responsibilities. Three of them, Shahid Tantray, Prabhjit Singh and a lady writer, all having a place with the Delhi-based Caravan magazine, were ambushed by a crowd in Northeast Delhi while they were out following up on an uproar story. In Bengaluru, five columnists – from India Today, The News Minute and Suvarna News 24X7 – were assaulted by the Bengaluru police while covering police activity in the outcome of defacement and horde brutality in the region on August 11.
From physical ambush to bogus police activity, columnists in India have confronted a few troubles while attempting to carry out their responsibilities. These assaults have risen drastically in the previous year, particularly on the individuals who have been writing about the Delhi mobs and government inadequacies in the lockdown forced to contain COVID-19.
Columnists in the contention locales of Kashmir and Chhattisgarh have been consistently threatened and criminal bodies of evidence have been enrolled against those scrutinizing the current administration.
The online battle tended to these worries. As a few writers began posting their contemplations and requested activity against the culprits, #StopMediaLockdown started slanting on Twitter.
Naresh Fernandes, editorial manager of Scroll stated, “For @scroll_in, this has implied an FIR against our chief supervisor, Supriya Sharma, for a report about yearning in Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s voting public of Varanasi. #stopmedialockdown.”
The site’s chief supervisor Supriya Sharma was as of late reserved under non-bailable segments for her report about the challenges looked by inhabitants of Varanasi, the voting demographic spoke to by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Written By Chanderveer Singh
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