In a disturbing turn
of events, the recent assault on journalists Mr. J Boby and Mr. Shahdev in the
Rangat has sent shockwaves through the entire civil society in A & N
Islands. The attack, stemming from their investigation into the illegal sale of
liquor within close proximity to the Rangat Police Station, is not merely an
assault on two reporters but an ominous threat to the very pillars of our
society. The media, often referred to as the fourth pillar of democracy, plays
a vital role in upholding the principles of democracy, freedom, justice, and
transparency. So, the attack on these reporters should not be isolated as an
individual incident; it represents a direct assault on our collective values
and the democratic fabric of our society.
The assailants, by
taking the law into their own hands, have undermined the foundation of justice
and individual liberty. It is disheartening to note that such an incident
occurred within the vicinity of a police station, raising questions about the
efficacy of law enforcement in the region.
On the other hand,
Press freedom is a cornerstone of democracy, and an attack on journalists is an
attack on the very essence of our democratic ideals. It is crucial for society
to recognize that the media acts as a watchdog, exposing corruption, crimes,
and unlawful practices. The rising crime rate in the A & N Islands is a
matter of grave concern, and the media plays a pivotal role in shedding light
on these issues.
In response to this
heinous act, there is an urgent need for a thorough investigation by law
enforcement agencies. The SHO, P.S. Rangat must be held answerable in the
matter, and a transparent inquiry should be conducted to ensure that justice is
served. The community must unite in demanding a swift and decisive response
against the perpetrators.
Moreover, there is a
pressing need for enhanced security measures for journalists, human rights
activist and whistle blowers, ensuring their safety as they carry out their
duties. These people are the torch bearers of society. Hence, it is imperative
that the police take strict action without any external interference to send a
clear message that attacks on the media will not be tolerated. As the A & N
Islands transition from a past with limited media presence to an emerging
stage, it is crucial to protect and nurture the role of the media in shaping a
just and informed society. This incident should serve as a wake-up call for
authorities to strengthen the law and order situation, ensuring that
journalists can perform their duties without fear.
In conclusion, the
attack on these reporters as said is a direct threat to our democratic values.
The community, along with law enforcement, must stand united in condemning such
acts and work towards preserving the freedom of the press for the betterment of
our society. Further, the issue must be taken up till the reporters get
justice. Press freedom is non-negotiable, and it is incumbent upon us to
protect and uphold it for the sake of a vibrant and democratic society.
*The writer is an Academic Counselor of Political Science and International Relations teaches at IGNOU study centre Port Blair, A & N Islands. He can be reached by mail: firstname.lastname@example.org