SAWM writes to Mamata Banerjee

IN Media Watch Briefs | 29/04/2018

As World Press Freedom day approaches 39 women journalists from across the country who are members of SAWM (South Asian Women in Media) have written to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee drawing attention to the attacks on journalists in the state, including the attacks, threats and confinement that women  journalists were subjected to.  The letter says at least 12 journalists in the state were assaulted on April 23. The violence related to the panchayat polls was perpetrated by political miscreants, while the police  did not protect the journalists.                 


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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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