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GUWAHATI, Feb 4 � The Electronic Media Forum, Assam, drawing the attention of the Union Minister for Law and Justice to the recent incident of manhandling of a lady television reporter by two police officers at the Latashil PS in Guwahati, has called for a Special Protection Law for journalists on duty.

The Forum, while mentioning that the humiliation faced by the lady journalist is just one of the many such incidents of harassment of journalists that keep on taking place across the country, said that only a special law for the protection of journalists would ensure the growth of the fourth pillar of democracy.

�The perpetrators of the harassments or atrocities on journalists are often different elements in the society, including the police and armed forces. The situation is almost the same across the country, which directly curtails the freedom of expression, the right guaranteed by the Indian Constitution to every citizen of the country,� said the Forum, adding that the journalists who remain visible in the society for their working space often face vulnerability all through their working hours.

Requesting the minister for concrete measures to frame specific laws to safeguard the interests of the working journalists on duty in the country, the Forum pointed out that the lack of any legal protection may discourage the journalists to take hazardous engagements due to the fear of facing unwanted circumstances, which will ultimately affect the functioning of the medium and many of them may opt for soft stories, resulting in the slow degradation of journalism in the country.

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Spl protection law for scribes on duty sought

GUWAHATI, Feb 4 � The Electronic Media Forum, Assam, drawing the attention of the Union Minister for Law and Justice to the recent incident of manhandling of a lady television reporter by two police officers at the Latashil PS in Guwahati, has called for a Special Protection Law for journalists on duty.

The Forum, while mentioning that the humiliation faced by the lady journalist is just one of the many such incidents of harassment of journalists that keep on taking place across the country, said that only a special law for the protection of journalists would ensure the growth of the fourth pillar of democracy.

�The perpetrators of the harassments or atrocities on journalists are often different elements in the society, including the police and armed forces. The situation is almost the same across the country, which directly curtails the freedom of expression, the right guaranteed by the Indian Constitution to every citizen of the country,� said the Forum, adding that the journalists who remain visible in the society for their working space often face vulnerability all through their working hours.

Requesting the minister for concrete measures to frame specific laws to safeguard the interests of the working journalists on duty in the country, the Forum pointed out that the lack of any legal protection may discourage the journalists to take hazardous engagements due to the fear of facing unwanted circumstances, which will ultimately affect the functioning of the medium and many of them may opt for soft stories, resulting in the slow degradation of journalism in the country.