Guwahati: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) expresses concern over repeated verbal attacks on journalists by various individuals in the recent past and urges the state media fraternity to unite against all odds. The forum in a statement recalled the derogatory comments by AIUDF chief Maulana Badruddin Ajmal against video journalists, where the parliamentarian recently stated that they should be beaten.
“While we condemn the attitude of Ajmal and demand necessary actions against the businessman turned politician, we also urge the media persons to show their unity, integrity and professionalism in their workplaces,” said JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria, adding that the management of news channels should come forward to defendtheir employees in such a situation.
The forum also observed that Assamese entrepreneur turned film producer Luit Kumar Barman has publicly alleged that a few city-based television journalists were beneficiaries of the Rs 260 crore NRC Assam updation scam (where Barman is a legal complainant). The proprietors and editors of news channels should separately clarify that no journalists of their organisations are involved with it, otherwise, the audience may identify the media fraternity as corrupt, concluded the statement.
(Nava Thakuria is a senior Indian journalist who contributes to various media outlets including print and digital platforms of India and across the world.)
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