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US media watchdog seeks probe into threats to Indian journo

A US Media Watchdog Has Called For An Investigation Into Reports Of A Malayalam Television News Anchor Receiving Thousands Of Threatening Telephone Calls.

PTI | Updated on: 03 Mar 2016, 02:11:13 PM


A US media watchdog has called for an investigation into reports of a Malayalam television news anchor receiving thousands of threatening telephone calls.

“Indian authorities should take all measures necessary to protect Sindhu Sooryakumar in the face of the abhorrent threats against her,” said Sumit Galhotra, Senior Research Associate of Committee to Protect Journalist Asia Programme.

“Journalists should feel free to raise questions and foster debate, including during times of controversy, without fear of reprisal,” he said yesterday.

News anchor Sooryakumar received thousands of threatening phone calls following a broadcast she hosted last week, in which she discussed a union minister’s comments regarding protesting JNU students.

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First Published : 03 Mar 2016, 02:08:00 PM