The Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has expressed serious concern over the abuse of a woman journalist at Guwahati Press Club during a press conference.
JFA has demanded exemplary punishments to the verbal and physical abusers.
The woman journalist is working as a reporter for a city-based Assamese daily newspaper.
Media reports and personal inputs from the victim reporter reveal that the press conference was organized by film producer Umashankar Jha and actor Uttam Singh at the Guwahati Press Club auditorium on January 16, 2021.
During that press conference, the victim journalist alleged, she was subjected to verbal and later physical abuses in the full public view.
“It is shocking that an attending reporter can be subjected to ill-treatment in a formal press meet organized at the press club premises. All sensitive and responsible members of the press club must stand united against the offense,” said a JFA statement.
Meanwhile, the victim reporter has lodged an FIR with Panbazar all-women police station.
The journalists’ organization urged Assam DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta to take personal interests in punishing the culprits.
Journalists’ Forum Assam requested the press club authority to cooperate with the investigating police personnel with necessary supports including the required CCTV visuals.