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Editors Guild condemns physical attacks on journalists in West Bengal during phase 5 of elections, asks EC to take action

New Delhi: The Editors Guild has condemned several incidents of physical attack on journalists in West Bengal during the fifth phase of polling and urged the Election Commission to take action against those who indulged in such acts.

 Editors Guild condemns physical attacks on journalists in West Bengal during phase 5 of elections, asks EC to take action

A protest by journalists. Representational image. AP

Physical attacks against journalists are always reprehensible, but particularly so during elections as they undermine fair media scrutiny of an election, the Guild said in a statement.

The Editors Guild said it condemns several incidents of physical attack on journalists in West Bengal on 6 May, during the fifth phase of polling.

Journalists belonging to different media organisations including NewsX, ABP Ananda and Zee News were attacked, allegedly by workers of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), the statement said.

The Guild urges the EC to initiate necessary action against those who indulged in physical violence against journalists and asks the TMC-led West Bengal government to ensure law and order in the state so that journalists are not attacked by political parties and they can perform their professional duties safely, it said.

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Updated Date: May 07, 2019 15:52:34 IST