In Beliaghata police station of West Bengal has sent a notice for questioning a journalist Praveen Tiwari associated with print and electronic media. Someone has accused him of tarnishing the image of the West Bengal government by posting a report on social media.
National Union of Journalists- India has sent a letter to West Bengal Governor Mr. Jagdeep Dhankhar and Chief Minister Ms. Mamta Banerjee on filing a case against the journalist and sending notice in the lockdown amid Corona pandemic.
Ras Bihari President NUJ(I) said that Mamata Banerjee government is repeatedly threatening the media and harassing journalists. The present incident is a clear case of a threat to media freedom in West Bengal. Summoning the Editor is nothing but aims at harassing and intimidating the journalists and as such a clear violation of the press freedom.
NUJ(I) urges the highest authorities in the administration to take a serious note of such types of incidents that are repeatedly happening in WestBengal so that journalists are provided a conducive atmosphere to work without any threat and pressure.
Prasanna Mohanty, Secretary General NUJ(I) said that such type of attempt to muzzle the Press Freedom in West Bengal is highly deplorable. The present state Government of West Bengal should refrain from such type of anti media stand and should allow the press to function without any external pressure or threat,