Raipur: Journalists of Bijapur district have strongly condemned South Sub-Zonal Committee of Maoists naming two local journalists hailing from Bijapur and Sukma districts to target them, at a meeting, organized at the Bijapur Patrakar Bhawan on Monday.
In the meeting, journalists of Bijapur district opposed the act of Maoists saying that journalists in South Bastar are doing journalism with honesty in odd circumstances. During this, they sometimes become target of Naxalites and police. To maintain the freedom of media, it is necessary that all journalists take serious note of the past events and presently this one.
The journalists have stated that we will have to fight this battle together. If we remain one, our strength will increase. Ganesh Mishra and Leeladhar Rathi have been struggling through journalism for the public interest issues of Bastar throughout their life, but now the questions raised by the Naxalites on their loyalty are strongly opposed. Therefore, journalists should contribute to maintaining their unity and freedom of media by joining more and more people on the upcoming February 16.
The journalists have decided to stage a phased agitation on the whole matter. In the first phase, a bike rally will be held at Gangalur, 22 km away from Bijapur district headquarters, on Tuesday along with a one-day sit-in protest. An outline of the whole movement in support of journalists was decided in the meeting.
The local journalists have appealed to journalists across the state to join in maximum numbers strengthening the movement and give their valuable contribution in this fight for media freedom. Following this, a mass demonstration has been scheduled at the divisional headquarters Jagdalpur on February 18. As per the outline of movement, a bike rally will be held from February 20 to February 22 in the base area of the Maoists of Sukma and Bijapur. In which journalists from across the country will be accompanied by writers, social workers, human rights activists.