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Media protests attacks on IBN offices


George Koshy, Geetika Pokhriyal,CNN-IBN
Nov 22, 2009 at 11:34am IST

New Delhi/Mumbai: This not the first time journalists have been attacked and unfortunately, it may not be the last time. The journalistic fraternity is angry after the attacks on the IBN Network offices in Mumbai and Pune on Friday.

In a show of strength on Saturday, journalists - from both print and electronic media - across India came together demanding an end to these 'gags'. Members of the media fraternity turned up in large numbers in Mumbai's Hutatma Chowk, raising a united voice against the attack on the media. Media persons also gathered at the Press Club in Delhi to express solidarity.

Journlaist Latha Venkatesh said, "It's an attack on the freedom of speech. It's not just the press, it's anyone who has the right to speak."

Journalist Anuradha SenGupta added, "If the media can be attacked, can you imagine what is happening to the common man?"

Meanwhile, the common man joined the media in condemning the attacks, stating it was an effort at gagging the media and curbing free reporting.

The Maharashtra government has assured complete support and action against the perpetrators and Home Minister P Chidambaram himself came to meet the journalists. Scribes across the board are not hoping that there can be an ordinance which makes attacks on journalists a non-bailable offence.

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