New Delhi, May 10
The Press Council of India has issued notices to the Punjab government seeking a report on the arrest of a reporter and “preventing her from doing her journalistic duty”.
TV journalist Bhawana Kishore and two others were arrested by Punjab Police on May 5 when their vehicle allegedly hit a woman, injuring her hand. She was released from a jail in Ludhiana on May 7, a day after the Punjab and Haryana High Court granted her interim bail.
In the notices to the chief secretary, home secretary and Director General of Police of Punjab and other senior officers, Press Council of India chairperson Ranjana Prakash Desai sought the report within two weeks.
The matter pertained to the curtailment of press freedom, which the Press Council of India has been mandated by law to preserve; the PCI chairperson has expressed concern over the action of the Punjab Police and has taken suo-motu cognisance of the matter as per the relevant provisions of the law, it said.
Kishore, along with video journalist Mrityunjay Kumar and car driver Parminder Singh, faced charges under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for allegedly making casteist remarks against the woman.