Two disturbing images emerged recently of journalists being mistreated by the police. In one, from Odisha, a journalist is cuffed to a hospital bed. In the other, from Madhya Pradesh, several men, including a journalist, stand huddled in a police station, stripped down to their underwear. Dare one propose that this reflects the state of the Indian media – ideologically cuffed and stripped of its role as the fourth pillar of democracy?
Two other prominent journalists have had look-out notices (LOC) issued against them to prevent them from travelling abroad. Journalist Rana Ayyub could eventually attend a conference overseas after court intervention. Government agencies were far more cussed with journalist Aakar Patel, who, though permitted to travel abroad by a district court, was stopped at the airport a second time. Now the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has got another court order that prevents Patel from travelling abroad without judicial permission.
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First Published: Mon, April 11 2022. 08:31 IST