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‘UP tops in attacks on journalists’

Uttar Pradesh accounted for 72 per cent of the total cases relati'ng to attacks on journalists in the country this year, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

What’s more, not a single person was arrested in the State for attacks on journalists.

The data was tabled in Parliament on Friday by Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyawardhan Rathore in reply to a question by AIADMK MP C. Gopalakrishnan.

According to official data, 85 police cases were registered for attacks on journalists across the country this year, with 15 of them resulting in an arrest.

The NCRB data pertains to registered cases of attacks on scribes, and arrests made therein till October 2014.

U.P recorded 62 cases of attacks on scribes till June this year, while neighbouring Bihar came in second with 8 cases till August.

The highest number of arrests was made in Madhya Pradesh, which has a thriving and proactive journalism environment. Against the six cases of attacks on journalists registered in Madhya Pradesh till July, eight persons were arrested.

No data were available for Chhattisgarh and Karnataka while Gujarat and Maharashtra recorded two cases and two arrests each.

Interestingly, most States and Union Territories did not show any figures pertaining to cases registered or persons arrested for attacking journalists.

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