Hyderabad, The Indian Journalists Union (IJU) strongly condemned the arrest of 38 persons from different walks of life while registering their protest against the assassination of prominent editor Gauri Lankesh in front of the Statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Marina Beach in Chennai on Monday.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the IJU president SN Sinha, Secretary General Amar Devulapalli termed the arrest of peaceful protesters on Gandhi Jayanti was an affront to the memory of the father of the nation. “It is most un-dermocratic to arrest those who are protesting against gunning down of an editor who always stood for freedom of expression and fought against forces of bigotry. It is a direct attack on the freedom of expression and civil liberties,” the state said.
Several thousand journalists and civil society activists staged peaceful protests in front of the Gandhi Statues in several cities in the country on Monday, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi to condemn brutal murder Gauri Lankesh, following call given by Indian Journalists Union (IJU), Delhi Press Club and Some other organizations.
The IJU called upon the Governor of Tamil Nadu to order the immediate release of the protesters and take stringent action against those behind the undemocratic arrest of the journalists and civil society activists.