Attack highly improper: FM

Attack highly improper: FM

Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday condemned the incident of attack on journalists at Patiala House court premises, saying media has an “unhindered right to report.”

“Media has an unhindered right to report. Attack on mediapersons is highly improper and condemnable,” the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Minister tweeted.

This came after a group of people dressed in lawyers’ robe beat up mediapersons on the court premises for the second time in last two days. The journalists had gone to the court for coverage of court proceedings in the JNU student sedition case. The mob began assaulting the media persons when the JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar was being produced in a court in connection with the case.

Earlier in the day, Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also suggested that "alternative voice" in the university should also be heard.

"JNU is a very premier institution of India, widely respected also. It has produced outstanding civil servants, great academicians and also well known public figures. Its faculty and students also excel well. We all think there is also a very eloquent, powerful and constructive alternative voice in the JNU. The country is equally eager to hear that voice," he said.

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