New Delhi: As things have been spiraling out of control in the national capital, reports of journalists being targeted by mobs have been surfacing. This comes at a time when at least nine persons have lost their lives following incidents of violence over the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), said reports.
A reporter was allegedly attacked by two persons while recording an incident in which the duo was abusing members of minority communities in northeast Delhi’s Khajuri Khas, as per some reports.
Similarly, a photojournalist was threatened to put off his pants to confirm his religion after the journalist refused to put ’tilak’ on his forehead.
In another such incident, four journalists in northeast Delhi were allegedly beaten up by a mob on Tuesday. Three of the journalists were reportedly from NDTV and one from JK 24×7.
NDTV’s executive editor Nidhi Razdan posted on Twitter saying that the mob “stopped beating them after realising they are ‘our people – Hindus’.”
According to reports, a number of journalists across media organisations have voiced how challenging reporting on the Delhi riots has been in the last few days. Rioters are questioning anyone holding a mobile phone and they are being checked for any incriminating pictures that are deleted on the spot.
Reports of violence and arson continue to trickle in from Maujpur, Jaffrabad and Kardampuri areas of Delhi, as Section 144 has been imposed in parts of northeast Delhi following rioting that has continued sporadically across several localities in the past couple of days. Rioters used stones, sticks and country-made firearms as pro- and anti-CAA protesters clashed.