Notice served to reporter, associate editor of daily
Police had allegedly demanded information on a naxalite leader who was interviewed
‘Professional ethics demand that mediapersons protect their sources'
SHIMOGA: The Shimoga District Working Journalists' Association at its meeting here on Wednesday condemned the “threat tactics” of the district police against the reporter and the associate editor of Prajavani.
The association has decided to hold a protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office on Thursday, urging the Police Department to withdraw notices issued to the reporter and the associate editor of the paper.
It may be mentioned here that the Editors' Guild of India has warned the Karnataka police against invoking the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act against Prajavani reporter Rahul Belagali.
The Shimoga police had allegedly demanded information on a naxalite leader who was interviewed by Mr. Belagali, and when he refused to comply, the police reportedly sent a notice to the associate editor Padmaraj Dandavati with a threat that the Act would be invoked against them.
President of the Editors' Guild of India Rajdeep Sardesai and secretary-general Coomi Kapoor said, in a statement, that “professional ethics demand that mediapersons protect their sources and not reveal their identities when they request privacy.” “The confidentiality of a source is a well-established journalistic principle,” the statement said.