Editors Guild of India issues statement condemning ‘abuse and intimidation’ of journalists
The Guild has asked the government to take necessary steps to bring the abusers to book
The Editors Guild of India has condemned the alleged abuse and intimidation of senior journalists, especially women, in the wake of their reportage and commentary in the run-up to the general elections.
The statement issued by the Guild said: “Since much of this is being done through social media, especially Twitter, the Guild urges their respective managements to exercise due caution and a sense of responsibility. Some of what is being allowed to pass clearly amounts to sexual abuse or instigation to violence. Corporations owning these platforms need reminding themselves that they must not allow unlawful behaviour. Business models thriving on hate of any kind are reprehensible.”
The Guild has said that differences of opinion should be respected and resolved through dialogue and debate.
The Guild has asked the government to take necessary steps to bring the abusers to book. In the statement, the guild has said: “Police cybercrime cells should address these complaints on priority. The relevant ministries and regulators should also ensure greater clarity on the laws to ensure accountability on the part of social media platforms. Laws on sexual harassment, intimidation and incitement to violence should be strictly enforced on those using social media and nobody should be allowed to hide behind anonymity.”
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