Dimapur, May 9: Foundation for Media Professionals (FMP) has condemned assault and communal abuse of a reporter in Nagaland
The FMP expressed its concern over the unprovoked assault by a Government Railway Police official on a journalist of Nagaland Page in Dimapur. The introduction of a communal angle in the assault further aggravated the seriousness of the incident, it said.
It said implicit bias on a communal basis amongst the police or any government officials, is a serious issue not only in Dimapur or Delhi, but around the world, with certain communities for instance blacks and Hispanies in America, being routinely subjected to worse treatment by police officials.
In a statement, NE Convenor, Samrat X said in India, Delhi police has created a special cell staffed largely by officials from Northeast region, which helps to tackle such bias within the force.
“Nagaland Police acted swiftly to initiate disciplinary action against the erring official, who has also tendered an unconditional apology within 24 hours of the incident. This is to their credit,” the FMP stated
The Foundation said cases of xenophobia and racial profiling relating to the coronavirus pandemic have been reported from various locations and denounced by many including the Secretary General of United Nations.
It hoped that the police forces in the country would take steps to sensitize their frontline staff against actin in ways that propagate such behaviours in these stressful times. Journalists are also at the same frontlines of democracy at all times even during the times of the Covid-19 pandemic, it added. (Page News Service)