Journalists run down in 2 incidents

IN Media Watch Briefs | 26/03/2018
In two separate incidents in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, over the last 24 hours, three journalists were run down by speeding vehicles. Police said that Sandeep Sharma, a television reporter who had done a sting operation on a  sand mining mafia in Bhind, was mowed down by a truck on March 26. Police are examining CCTV footage of the killing. The driver is absconding. In another incident, two Dainik Bhaskar journalists, Navin Nishchal and Vijay Singh, were on a bike when they were hit by a car allegedly driven by a village mukhiya, Mohammad Harsu, in Bhojpur, near Patna.          
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Journalists covering the ongoing protest of residents of the coastal town of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu were at the receiving end of police violence and found their cameras and cellphones snatched. The residents were demanding immediate closure of Vedanta Sterlite's copper operations and the agitation turned bloody, leaving one person dead in police firing.          

According to this report  34 people who were employed by  ABP Ltd through contractors for different departments, and were fired,  have been protesting outside the ABP premises for almost a month now but there has been no media coverage. Their troubles began when they formed a union in response to not being paid minimum wages by their contractors in 2016. Their union is affiliated to the TMC. They were fired after forming a union.The ABP management has not met them yet. Media outlets approached by the workers have declined to cover their plight. The Labour Minister has lent them a ear, but that has not resulted in any action.                     

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