BEA condemns recent attacks on media

By: | Updated: 03 Mar 2012 05:21 AM

New Delhi: The Broadcast Editors’ Association (BEA) has expressed
serious concern over the growing incidents of attack on media by groups,
institutions and those holding constitutional positions. “There seems a
pattern in all these incidents suggesting that an attempt is sought to be
made to frighten the media into submission particularly because it works
in most sublime public interest”, the apex body of electronic media
professionals in the country said in a press release on Saturday.

BEA feels that the manner in which a House–Committee of Karnataka
assembly summoned some editors of TV channels and the tone and tenor of
the questions asked of the editors were not in consonance with elementary
principles on which pillars of democracy rest. By showing visuals of MLAs
allegedly watching pornographic material on mobile phones right when the
Assembly proceedings were underway, the channels had worked to serve the
most important public interest which overrides all other institutional and
individual privileges.

Similarly, in the State capital,
Bangalore, journalists were badly beaten up allegedly by lawyers and goons
when the former were discharging their professional duty. What was more
shocking for the BEA was the response of the Karnataka Chief Minister who
reportedly justified the incident.

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First Published: 03 Mar 2012 05:21 AM
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