Attempt to muzzle voices of unbiased journalists: EGI condemns arrest of Mandeep Punia

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The Editors Guild of India has expressed its utmost concern over the incarceration of freelance journalist Mandeep Punia who was reporting on the farm protest from Singhu border.

In an announcement issued on Monday, the guild termed Punia’s arrest as an “attempt to muzzle young courageous voices of independent journalists who through reporting have been busting fake news and speaking truth to power”.

The EGI, whereas demanding rapid launch of Punia, has additionally requested the Delhi Police to revive circumstances wherein media can report with out fear or favour.

Earlier on Sunday, a Delhi court docket had despatched freelance journalist Mandeep Punia to 14 days’ judicial custody after he was picked up on the Singhu protest website on Saturday night.

Police have accused Punia of obstructing them within the discharge of their duties and beating police personnel.

According to the FIR, a bunch of protesters “clung to the policemen”, and “one of them dragged Constable Rajkumar towards the protest site”. When the police used “minimal force to control the situation…the man who was dragging our constable fell in the canal”, the FIR added.

“He was identified as Mandeep Punia… Punia and the protesters who came along with him obstructed police personnel in their duty and also thrashed them,” the FIR says.

In the First Information Report filed within the early hours of Sunday, he was charged below Sections 186, 353, 332 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code. The sections pertain to obstructing public servants from discharging responsibility, inflicting harm to public servants whereas discharging responsibility and endangering human life.

Punia’s software for bail can be heard Monday.