05, Oct 2015
Mob accuses media of one-sided reporting, roughs up reporters and video journalists, stones vehicles
Azaan Javaid @AzaanJavaid
Dadri (Gautam Budh Nagar, UP): A day after Union minister Mahesh Sharma launched a scathing attack on the media for allegedly giving a communal colour to the lynching of Mohamad Akhlaq, reporters, photo and video journalists were chased out of the village violently by angry villagers who accused the media of ‘one-sided reporting’. Nearly half a dozen media personnel were physically roughed up and vehicles stoned until Bisara village was cleared of all journalists.
The mob also tried to snatch cameras unsuccessfully and allegedly managed to take away the mobile phone of a video journalist from a national news channel. The reporter of the same channel was also roughed up following which a case was registered in the local police station.
During the day, the media did not enter the village with cops refusing to take action or responsibility for the prevailing law and order situation. “We are not stopping media from entering the village. But enter at your own risk,” said a senior police officer posted on the main