ITANAGAR: The Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ), the Arunachal Press Club (APC) and the Arunachal Electronic Media Association (AEMA) held a meeting at the Arunachal Press Club here on Sunday, and took strong exception to the misconduct against journalists on field duty during the recent anti-PRC agitation in the capital. While reporters on ground were very much aware of the sentiments and situation at that time, and made overt attempts to identify themselves, unfortunately, several reporters were not only verbally abused but were also manhandled.
The APUWJ, APC and AEMA took note of incidents wherein security personnel snatched cameras, mobile phones, memory card from reporters. Some of the items were destroyed in front of on-duty magistrates even after the reporters identified themselves. Others were reportedly beaten by the security forces even as they produced their identification cards.
While it is understood and repeatedly announced that journalists are exempted from the purview of bandhs and protests, several reporters had to abandon their vehicles even after they produced their identification cards.
It also needs to be mentioned that the internet shutdown had caused some delay in disseminating information digitally. However, several television channels were broadcasting and a few newspapers were also publishing in whatever way possible to provide information to the public.
The members of APUWJ, APC and AEMA warned of non-cooperation if similar incidents happen to the media persons in future.
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