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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