Madhya Pradesh: Congress Govt To Enact Law For Protecting Journalists, Says Minister
PC Sharma said, “The government is committed to the security of journalists.”
A law for the security of journalists will soon be in place in Madhya Pradesh.
According to an IANS report, Madhya Pradesh Law and Legislative Affairs Minister PC Sharma, on December 29, told the media in Bhopal: “The government is committed to the security of journalists. For this, a Journalist’s Protection Act will be enacted.”
This law was a part of the Madhya Pradesh Congress manifesto —“Vachan Patra” — for the state’s assembly polls.
Similar promises were made by the previous Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government as well. Journalists in Madhya Pradesh, especially the ones who have exposed corruption-related cases in the state, have been vulnerable to attacks.
In March 2018, Sandeep Sharma, a journalist working with a news channel in Bhind, was run over by a truck. Sharma was on his way to the Press Club at Bhind on his bike when he was mowed down. Many alleged that it was a case of murder as Sharma had exposed the nexus between police and the mafia.
In June 2017, a 42-year-old journalist working with a Hindi daily was shot dead in Mandsaur district after he had an argument with people involved in the illegal liquor trade. In June 2015, journalist Sandeep Kothari from Balaghat district was burnt alive allegedly by the sand mining mafia.