West Bengal : Attempt to muzzle the voice of the press

New Delhi : The National Union of Journalists (India) believes that in a vast democracy like India, where the freedom of expression is fortified within it’s Constitution, the freedom of the press to report without fear and favour should be properly protected. Any attempt to obstruct the spirit of the Constitution is highly deplorable.

In this context the recent development in West Bengal is highly condemnable. According to reports, the Editor of Anandabazar Patrika Anirban Chattopadhyay, the largest-circulated Bangali daily, has resigned, after the Kolkata Police summoned him and interrogated for a long time.

Ras Bihari President NUJ(I) said that Mamata Banerjee government is repeatedly threatening the media and harassing journalists. The present incident is a clear case of a threat to media freedom in West Bengal. Summoning the Editor is nothing but aims at harassing and intimidating the journalists and as such a clear violation of the press freedom. NUJ(I) urges the highest authorities in the administration to take a serious note of such type of incidents that are repeatedly happening in WestBengal so that journalists are provided a conducive atmosphere to work without any threat and pressure.

Prasanna Mohanty Secretary General NUJ(I) said that such type of attempt to muzzle the Press Freedom in West Bengal is highly deplorable. The present state Government of West Bengal should refrain from such type of anti media stand and should allow the press to function without any external pressure or threat.

Manmohan Lohani
Office Secretary

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