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Mainstream, VOL LVIII No 26, New Delhi, June 13, 2020

Delhi Police’s FIR against veteran journalist Vinod Dua - Statement from the Editors Guild of India | 8 June 2020

Saturday 13 June 2020

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The Editors Guild of India

June 8, 2020

The Editors Guild of India is deeply concerned by the growing tendency among police in various states to take cognisance of frivolous charges against journalists and convert them into a First Information Report (FIR).

The latest instance is of the Delhi Police’s FIR against veteran journalist Vinod Dua, based on a complaint by Naveen Kumar, who has been identified as a spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party. The accusations are a brazen attack on his right to free speech and fair comment. An FIR based on this is an instrument of harassment setting off a process that is itself a punishment.

The Guild unequivocally condemns this practice and urges the police to respect Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms rather than behave in a manner that raises questions on its independence.

Shekhar Gupta, President
AK Bhattacharya, General Secretary
Sheela Bhatt, Treasurer

Regards,

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Office of the President, Editors Guild of India,
c/o Printline Media Private Limited
9 & 10, Third Floor, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg
New Delhi 110002 India

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