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Press Freedom under attack as Police arrest 2 Journalists in Haryana

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A suspected militant was arrested in Indian state Haryana. But while reporting the news, a journalist had provided wrong information about the location of the arrest of the militant. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led-government in Haryana ordered the arrest of the journalist for the ‘crime’. 

The Daily Vendor Newspaper learnt that a case was also filed against another journalist in Ambala Cantonment.

Haryana is a state in India located in the northern part of the country. It was carved out of the former state of East Punjab on 1 November 1966. The ( BJP) Bharatiya Janata Party is one of two major political parties in India, along with the Indian National Congress. It is the current ruling political party of the Republic of India, since 2014 but not having presence in all states . The BJP is a right-wing party, and its policy has historically reflected Hindu nationalist positions. In Haryana, BJP is running the state government

Opposition political parties, including the National Congress, have blamed the Haryana government for the incident and they said that the ruling BJP government is strangling the freedom of the media.

According to Haryana Police, an FIR was lodged against journalist Sunil Brar and news editor Sandeep Sharma of the daily Bhaskar News Paper under various sections of the Indian Penal Code. Brar was arrested on Friday. Attempts are also being made to arrest Sharma. But, what is the crime of two journalists? 

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Punjab police on Wednesday arrested a suspected militant from Mardon Sahib village in Ambala, Haryana. Accused of plotting the explosion. The next day, the headline of the newspaper read, “Militants arrested near IOC depot in Ambala Cantonment, claim by Punjab Police”. However, the very next day, the newspaper published an amendment to the misconception about the place where the militants were arrested. Despite this, why action was taken against the two journalists? 

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Vijay Kumar, SHO of Ambala Cantonment, said a case has been filed against two journalists for publishing news without proper information. Brar and Sharma have created panic among the people by serving wrong news. Haryana police produced Brar in court on Saturday after his arrest. Deputy Magistrate Mukesh Kumar granted him land on a personal bond of Rs 50,000. 

Opposition parties have been vocal against the BJP government in arresting the journalists. Veteran Congress leader Rohit Jain said the Supreme Court’s order in the arrest case had also been thumbed down.

The police did not give notice to the journalist before his arrest. Police have trampled on the democratic policy of Haryana Democratic Front and BSP. These arrests are an attack on the freedom of the press.

In India it is very common that Indian political parties pretend to uphold the “free speech” when journalists are attacked in other states, whereas, the same parties keep mum and ignore the outrage if a journalist is attacked in a state ruled by them

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