Editors Guild condemns attack on Andhra Jyothi

March 24th, 2010 - 5:40 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Mar 24 (ANI): The Editors Guild of India on Wednesday condemned the attack on Telugu news channel ABN Andhra Jyothi, allegedly by members of Prajarajyam Party (PRP) led by cine star Chiranjeevi.

In a statement issued here, the Guild also demanded to bring the culprits to justice.

“The Editors Guild of India strongly condemns this attack and hopes that the police will ensure the culprits are brought to book,” the statement said.

On Monday, angered over a news story telecast by the news channel on Chiranjeevi, the PRP activists attacked the channel’s head office in Hyderabad’s Jubilee Hills area.

The Guild has also noted with dismay the attack on the news channel.

“Such attacks on news channels are deplorable and cannot be justified in any way,” the statement said.

The Guild also urged all political parties to stay away from attacking journalists and media houses.

“Political parties in Andhra Pradesh and across the country must stay away from attacking journalists and their offices,” the Guild said.

In the statement the Guild expressed concern over increasing attacks on news channels and newspapers across the country.

“In recent months, there have been several attacks on newspaper and channel offices across the country, each attack raising serious questions for our democracy,” the statement said.

“In a civil society, disagreements must be conveyed through peaceful, democratic means,” the statement added. (ANI)

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