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Journalists Call For End To Tehelka Journalist's
Harassment By Karnataka Police

03 December, 2010

The Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) and the Kerala Union of Working
Journalists (KUWJ) held an impressive hour long rally outside Jantar
Mantar yesterday, December 2., to condemn facets of press bashing in
Karnataka and harassment of Ms. K.K. Shahina, a reporter of Tehelka
magazine based in Thiruvananthapuram facing intimidation from
Karnataka police.

The rally inaugurated by the DUJ General Secretary and veteran
journalists S.K. Pande demanded immediate action against the police in
Karnataka. The meeting noted that the police force was particularly
angry with her interview of one of the witnesses in the case related
to Mr. Abdul Nasar Madhani’s alleged involvement in the Bangalore
blast case. They said it was her right to cross check in public

Inaugurating the rally Mr. S.K. Pande condemned increasing pressures
on the journalists for exposing current scams and even doing their
duty. Press freedom was increasingly becoming a casualty, the meeting
resolved. While supporting the memorandum submitted by journalists to
Kerala Chief Minister Mr. V.S. Achuthanandan , the DUJ was of the view
that this was a clear case of infringement of journalistic freedom by
the Karnataka police.

The Delhi meeting unanimously appealed to the Karnataka Chief Minister
to ensure that justice is done in the matter and the police officials
brought to book.

It may be recalled that the memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister
of Kerala asking for intervention has been signed among others by
Sashi Kumar (Chairman, Media Development foundation and Asian College
Journalism,Chennai), Venkitesh Ramakrishnan (Deputy Editor, Frontline,
New Delhi) S. R. Sakthidharan (Chairman, Kerala Press Academy) N.
Padmanabhan (former General Secretary, Kerala Union of Working
Journalists) Sebastian Paul (Former MP and Media Analyst) C.
Gouridasan Nair (former President, Kerala Union of Working
Journalists) K. C. Rajagopal (President, Kerala Union of Working
Journalists) Manoharan Morayi (General Secretary, Kerala Union of
Working Journalists) B. R. P. Bhaskar (Veteran Journalist and
activist) N. P. Rajendran (Deputy Editor, Matrubhumi Daily) N.
Madhavan Kutty (Consultant Editor, Deshabhimani.


S.K. Pande
General Secretary-DUJ