JFA demands justice for journalist Rajib Sarma

Guwahati: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA), while expressing shock at
the arrest of a senior scribe by the Dhubri police, urges the State
government in Dispur to release Rajib Sarma unconditionally. The
forum reveals that Rajib invited enmities from a section of
anti-social elements with his media coverage in the satellite news
channel DY365.

“It was so annoying that Rajib’s ailing father (Sudhin Sarma, 64)
collapsed on 16 July morning as he seemingly could not bear the arrest
of his son from their residence during the previous midnight hours.
Rajib received a three-day interim bail to perform his father’s last
rite at Gauripur cremation ground in presence of a few relatives and
well-wishers,” said a statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua
and secretary Nava Thakuria.

The forum also urges the management of satellite channel DY365 to
extend necessary supports to Rajib as he has to go for a legal battle
following an FIR lodged against him by a forest officer in the police
station. The officer alleged that the television scribe demanded money
from him, which Rajib strongly denied saying that it was his
extensive reporting on the cattle smuggling (to Bangladesh) and
corruption that invited the enmity.

Rajib, also the secretary of Dhubri Press Club, was supported by the
local scribes for all the hours. As the energetic scribe took many
risky assignments for the news channel, he should be thoroughly
supported by its management in the time of crisis, asserted the JFA
statement adding that often media houses try to wash their hands
whenever the scribes face a medical emergency or other profession
related troubles.

JFA demands unconditional release of Rajib Sarma

Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA), while expressing shock at
the arrest of senior scribe Rajib Sarma last night by the Dhubri
police, urges the State government in Dispur to release him
unconditionally. The forum reveals that Rajib invited enmities from a
section of anti-social elements with his media coverage in DY365 news
channel in the recent weeks.

“It was so annoying that Rajib’s father died of a massive brain stroke
this morning (16 July 2020) as he seemingly could not bear the arrest
of his son in the midnight hours. Rajib has already received an
interim bail to perform his father’s last rite where the local scribes
extended all possible supports,” said a statement issued by JFA
president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria.

The forum also urges the management of satellite channel DY365 to
extend necessary supports to Rajib as he has to go for a legal battle
following an FIR lodged against him by a forest officer in the police
station. Rajib took various risky assignments for the city based news
channel and hence he should be supported by the management in the time
of crisis, asserted the forum.

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