Many on twitter have questioned The Editors Guild of India for its silence when journalists were attacked in Shaheen Bagh while it issues a statement on journalists being attacked in Delhi violence.
Bengaluru: The Editors Guild of India has issued a statement condemning the attack on journalists in the Delhi violence, where 20 people have lost their lives and several have been injured.
The Editors Guild of India has issued a statement pic.twitter.com/ezg28wgkb9— Editors Guild of India (@IndEditorsGuild) February 25, 2020
The Guild is well within its rights to issue such a statement. But many on twitter have questioned the Guild’s silence when journalists were attacked in Shaheen Bagh.
Did you issue a notice when Shaheen bagh extremists IDEOLOGY and their protestors detained Zee news and other journalists? These Radicaol are burning Delhi and thwart rights of free presshttps://t.co/gA9yxn8Eq9— Priya Kulkarni (@priyaakulkarni2) February 25, 2020
The violence in Delhi during Trump’s visit has been one of the worst in recent times.
Mobs have been going on rampantly, resorting to arson and vandalism, creating widespread havoc and nuisance.
On its part, the BJP says the violence has been timed for Trump’s visit.
“The timing of these riots creates suspicion about them being politically motivated. For over 60 days, people were protesting in Shaheen Bagh without any significant outcome. Our government believes that dissent has a place in democracy and they have the right to protest within the established process,” said national BJP spokesperson Gopal Krishna Agarwal, as quoted by a popular website.
“But indulging in such violence is not the way. Surely, when the head of a nation is in India and such violence is taking place, there is definitely a group, a political design behind it. This is being done to tarnish the image of India,” the website added.
The CAA, passed by both the houses of the Indian Parliament, gives citizenship to the persecuted minorities of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who have been residing in India hitherto December 31, 2014.
The Act recognises only religious persecution in the three countries which have declared Islam as their official religion.
While this article is being written, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has been given the charge to restore normalcy in the violent-hit areas.
The top court comprising Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph said it will not expand the scope of petitions filed in connection with the protests at Shaheen Bagh by looking into the pleas on violence.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the apex court that the Delhi High Court has heard pleas connected with the violence. After this, the bench disposed the applications saying it is for the high court to take note of the matter.
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Last Updated Feb 26, 2020, 1:20 PM IST