Attack on Caravan journalists: CPJ asks Delhi government to take action

12 August 2020

On 11 August 2020, three journalists working with The Caravan—Shahid Tantray, Prabhjit Singh and a woman journalist—were beaten, subjected to communal slurs, threatened with murder, and sexually harassed, while reporting in Subhash Mohalla, in northeast Delhi.

The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide, released a statement condemning the attack on the journalists and demanded immediate action. The statement is reproduced below. Read The Caravan’s report on the attack here.

New Delhi, August 12, 2020 — Delhi police must thoroughly investigate the attack on three journalists with The Caravan magazine and hold the perpetrators to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

At about 2 p.m. yesterday, a group of people in Delhi’s North Ghonda neighborhood attacked The Caravan reporters Shahid Tantray, Prabhjit Singh, and a female journalist who asked not to be identified out of fear for her safety, according to a report by the magazine and its executive editor, Vinod K. Jose, who spoke to CPJ in a phone interview. One of the attackers identified himself as an official from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, the report said.

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