Editors Guild deplores Sushma’s tweet on woman journalist

New Delhi, June 17 (IANS) The Editors Guild on Wednesday deplored a tweet by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj concerning a woman journalist and said it was an “attempt to intimidate the media”.

In a statement, the Editors Guild said the minister had set an “unfortunate precedent”.

“The Editors Guild has deplored the attempt to intimidate the media by Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. The minister by personally naming a woman journalist and casting aspersions on her in a tweet has set an unfortunate precedent,” the statement said.

It said such remarks can be viewed as a threat to silence journalists.

“While the media should be open to criticism, such statements by persons in power can be viewed as a threat meant to silence journalists and discourage them from carrying out their legitimate professional duties,” the statement said.

Sushma Swaraj is facing demands from the Congress party for her resignation over the assistance she extended to former IPL chief Lalit Modi in securing travel documents from British authorities after his Indian passport was revoked. Modi is facing various investigations in India for alleged tax evasion.

Sushma Swaraj had targeted a senior journalist of a news channel that was reporting on the Lalit Modi episode. “Look who is preaching propriety – of all the persons Navika Kumar!” she posted on Sunday.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here