TV channel editors' body condemns attack

New Delhi: Broadcast Editors' Association (BEA), a body of television channel editors, on Friday condemned the attacks on IBN-Lokmat offices in Mumbai and Pune and sought a probe into the incidents.

"It is an attack on freedom of expression. It is the handiwork of elements who want to undermine the role of pen, microphone and camera," the BEA said in a statement here.

It said that such attacks go against the basic tenets of democracy and need to be condemned in harshest possible terms. "BEA demands a thorough probe and action against the wrong-doers," the statement said.

Suspected Shiv Sena activists today vandalised the offices of a prominent Marathi news channel 'IBN-Lokmat' in Mumbai and Pune and assaulted staff members, including journalists, for carrying reports that allegedly showed their leader Bal Thackeray in a bad light.