Attack on Caravan journalists: PEN Delhi and PEN International condemn attack

14 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.

PEN Delhi and PEN International 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.

PEN Delhi and PEN International note with deep concern the attack on three journalists from The Caravan on the 13th of August, 2020.

At about 2 pm, on the day, a group in Subhash Mohalla, North East Delhi’s North Ghonda neighbourhood, attacked The Caravan reporters Shahid Tantray, Prabhjit Singh, and a woman journalist (who asks not to be named for safety concerns), while they were reporting a story. They were beaten mercilessly, subjected to abuse and communal slur, threatened with murder and sexually harassed. The woman journalist was assaulted in the presence of a policeman who trivialised the situation when she called out for help. A full account of their  experience as well as a copy of their complaints filed with the Delhi Police are available on The Caravan website.

Keywords: press freedom