ITANAGAR, Sept 22 - The media fraternity in Arunachal Pradesh condemned the killing of Tripura journalist Santanu Bhowmick, saying it was an attempt to �muzzle� the freedom of the press.
A joint statement issued by the Arunachal Press Club (APC), Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) and Arunachal Electronic Media Association (AEMA) said, �such brute force should be dealt with an iron hand, so that crusaders of truth are protected.�
Expressing solidarity with the family members of the deceased and the press fraternity of Tripura, the joint statement demanded exemplary punishment for the perpetrators involved in the killing.
�It is an inhuman act and an attempt to muzzle the independent voice and freedom of the press,� the joint statement said. The statement also demanded that Tripura government should ensure safety of the journalists. � PTI