The News Broadcasters Association (NBA) has condemned the assault by lawyers and others on journalists and cameramen, especially women journalists, who were reporting from the Patiala House Court when the President, JNU Students’ Union was to be produced in the Court.
Condemning the incident, Rajat Sharma, President, NBA called it a cowardly attack meant to intimidate journalists carrying out their work in disseminating news and information, a service that is essential for any democratic society. He stated that this was an attack on the freedom of the press.
It must be mentioned that a fight broke out at Patiala House Court premises in New Delhi on Monday between lawyers, faculty members of JNU and journalists. As a result a number of journalists from various media houses like ABP News, Economic Times, IBN7 and Indian Express present at the court premises to cover the arrest of JNU student, Kanhaiya Kumar were also beaten up.