PUNJAB TODAY commends the journalists who put their life on the line while covering the bloody happenings in Panchkula and elsewhere, and continued to do their job with utmost professionalism even as marauding goons attacked them on Friday. Many journalists suffered injuries while the equipment of many was damaged. Some OB vans were also damaged and set on fire.
While we strongly condemn these attacks and demand that the culprits be brought to book and those officials who did not do their duty be held accountable, we also want to underline the hazardous conditions that journalists often encounter in performing their duties.
The Chandigarh Press Club has also strongly condemned the attack on scribes and has called an emergency meeting of the fraternity on Saturday (August 26) noon at the Press Club "to decide future course of action".
It said the attack on journalists came in the aftermath of the Dera chief rape case verdict in Panchkula when they were performing their duties. The Chandigarh Press Club has demanded that the Haryana Government, "which failed to provide adequate security to journalists covering the verdict, should compensate (the journalists) for the loss." They also asked for an inquiry into the attack.
Vehicles and equipment of many journalists was damaged, and many suffered injuries.
Journalists and photojournalists from the Hindustan Times, the Times of India, The Tribune, Danik Bhaskar, Amar Ujala, NDTV, Aaj Tak, Times Now, Dainik Jagran, Punjab Kesri, Dainik Savera, to name a few suffered either injuries or their vehicles and equipment were damaged, a statement issued by the Press Club secretary general Barinder S Rawat said.