Media bodies condemn ‘manhandling’ of scribe

ITANAGAR, 24 April: The Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) and the Arunachal Press Club (APC) condemns the attack on Kunu Borang, a reporter with the Arunachal First News by an alleged anti-PHED protestor at Seppa, East Kameng. 

Borang was on site at the Kochi Nallah area with her team and other media colleagues who were reporting on the issue. 

Environment & Forest Minister Mama Natung was also visiting the site. 

Borang was reportedly heckled and manhandled  by one protester at around 2 PM on Sunday. 

Reportedly, the man attempted to dictate Borang and the other media houses as to what narrative should be telecast and broadcast.

As press bodies, the APUWJ and APC is appalled at such kind of behaviour.

Regardless of the issue, it is to be placed on record that the press is not here to judge the merits & demerits of any issue. Our job as journalists is to continue reporting all sides of every developing news where statements from both sides have to be taken into account. To expect only one side of a story or a single narrative should be broadcast or published in today’s day & age shows immaturity on part of such people.

Journalists in Arunachal Pradesh are already working under duress and an unhealthy work environment. Piling up on top of these issues, such behaviour only acts as a catalyst to further discourage us.

The people have official means to voice their protests and can always approach us to register their concerns to us. It is a humble appeal to people to provide a conducive environment for journalists to work in.

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