Journalists protest wearing helmets over attacks

Wearing helmets, journalists here on Saturday protested at the Mahatma Gandhi statue in protest against Maharashtra govt`s "delay" in bringing a legislation to make attacks on journalists a non-bailable and cognisable offence.

Updated: Oct 02, 2010, 21:30 PM IST

Mumbai: Wearing helmets, journalists here on Saturday protested at the Mahatma Gandhi statue in protest against Maharashtra government`s "delay" in bringing a
legislation to make attacks on journalists a non-bailable and cognisable offence.

"The state government has been assuring us since 2005
that it will bring in a legislation on the issue but has not
taken any concrete steps", convenor of "Patrakar Halla
Virodhi Kriti Samiti" S M Deshmukh said.

Deshmukh recalled that a delegation of journalists had
met Governor K Sankaranarayanan in August to prevail upon the
state government to amend law to make attacks on journalists a
non-bailable and cognisable offence.

Journalists from various organisations, representing the
print and electronic media, demanded law be amended to protect
journalists from attacks on the lines of the amendment carried
out for doctors.

Deshmukh said journalists, while doing their duty, were
increasingly facing violent attacks by those representing
powerful vested interests, local goons and underworld dons.

PTI