FMP condemns the assault of a journalist and the false case against him
That it has taken over a fortnight for the first information on a heinous assault of a Kanyakumari-based television journalist to reach media circles in Chennai is a measure of the greater vulnerability of rural reporters to danger. The Foundation for Media Professionals condemns the assault on 13 September 2018 of K S Manu, the Kanyakumari district reporter with Tamil television channel Puthiya Thalaimurai.
The Foundation is also deeply concerned about the fact that while Manu was hospitalized with serious injuries, the district police, far from taking action against the assailants, booked the journalist himself accusing him of criminal intimidation, trespass, rioting, causing hurt and uttering obscene words.
The provocation for this disturbing turn of events was that on the fateful day, Manu covered an incident of an accident victim being administered treatment on the ground outside a Siddha clinic in unhygienic conditions. It was apparently when he asked the Siddha doctor why the patient had not been taken inside for treatment that others associated with the clinic assaulted him. The Foundation deplores Puthiya Thalaimurai’s silence over the assault of its reporter and the anticipatory bail he was forced to obtain.
The Foundation calls upon the Tamil Nadu police to withdraw the case against Manu and book one against those who had assaulted him for doing his duty. The Foundation also demands action against the police officials who had, in collusion with the assailants, framed the journalist so blatantly.
Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, President
Sandhya Ravishankar, Tamil Nadu Convenor