India: four media workers beaten by a mob while filming moments of widespread violent clashesEvent
- Initial Date
- Feb 25, 2020
- Event Description
Three NDTV reporters were brutally assaulted.
NDTV’s Arvind Gunasekar was attacked by a mob that hit him on the face. A lathi was about to be brought down on his head when his colleague, Saurabh Shukla, intervened. The lathi hit Saurabh instead; he was also punched on the back. Arvind lost a tooth in the attack. Both are safe now.
NDTV’s Mariyam Alvi was also hit on the back by a mob elsewhere in northeast Delhi, from where she was reporting along with Sreenivasan Jain. The cameraperson, Sushil Rathee, was also injured.
In an interview to NDTV, Saurabh Shukla said that he was able to escape only when he showed his foreign correspondent’s club ID card and told him that you shouldn’t be filming this since you are our man (belong to our religion). Most of the journalists were let-off due to their religious identity.
Elsewhere situation turned so bad that locals had to form a human chain to escort school children to safety. Police was nowhere to be seen. This was barely 20 kms from where Modi Trump joint statement was to be made.
Apart from it earlier, several journalists were attacked at Maujpur area in North-East Delhi notably one among them was Runjhun Sharma of News18 and an NDTV video journalist and a reporter as per News 18 report. This, in the aftermath of the anti-CAA and pro-CAA protesters came to streets clashing with eachother.
News18 reporter Runjhun was reporting from Maujpur when the incident took place.
According to a report by News18, the News18 reporter by her own account, in its 2:30 pm bulletin said that she was let off only when the rioters were convinced that she was a Hindu and to escape the fury of the mob she had to show her Identity card.
The crowd asked the journalists to delete all the videos in which they were showing arson. According to their report, an NDTV staffer had to be taken to the hospital due to his injuries. Surprisingly, NDTV did not update about journalists being attacked in Maujpur till at least 3:00 pm which was half-and-hour following the News18 breaking update about attack on journalists.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Violence (physical)
- Wounds and Injuries
- Rights Concerned
- Media freedom
- Right to healthy and safe environment
- Media Worker
- Extremist group
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 25 February 2020, four media workers including three male and one female were attacked by groups of extremists while filming scenes of ongoing violent clashes in Delhi, India.