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PCI calls for special law to protect scribes


New Delhi

Strongly condemning the killing of two journalists in the east Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand in the past couple of days, the Press Council of India (PCI) has demanded that a special law be enacted to ensure safety of scribes and cases of attacks on them be tried by fast-track courts.

In a statement issued here, PCI chairman Justice (retd) Chandramouli Kumar Prasad"strongly condemned" the killings and also rued the fact that in 96 percent of such cases, the matter is not taken to logical conclusion.

"It is a matter of grave concern that three journalists were killed in the country in the last four months and another died in a tragic accident while on the line of duty," he said.

"I urge upon the Government of India to enact a special law for protection of journalists and speedy trial of cases of attacks and assaults on them in special fast-track courts as recommended by the Sub-Committee for Safety of Journalists appointed by the Press Council," the PCI chief, who is a former judge of the Supreme Court, said in his statement.

The PCI chief mentioned that on Thursday, Akhilesh Pratap Singh working for a news channel, was shot dead by some unknown assailants in Chatra district of Jharkhand and on Friday armed miscreants shot dead the News Bureau Chief of Dainik Hindustan Rajdev Ranjan in Siwan, Bihar.

He recounted that earlier Karun Mishra, working with a local newspaper, was killed in Sultanpur district of Uttar Pradesh.

On May 9, Ravi Kanojia, a PCI Awardee in 2014, was killed while taking pictures of water train at Jhansi, he added.


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