Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday said that all efforts will be made to ensure the safety of journalists in Kerala who went to report the news of protest against the Citizenship law in Mangaluru.
This comes after journalists from Kerala were detained on Thursday in Karnataka’s Mangaluru city.
Amongst those detained are camerapersons and reporters from prominent Malayalam news outlets like Asianet, MediaOne, 24 News and News18.
The journalists were forced to sit inside a van outside the Wenlock Hospital morgue. They had come there to report and speak to family members of the deceased, TNM reported.
Mangaluru Police Commissioner Dr Harsha told News18, “A few people who did not have any accreditation cards issued by any authority, were not from any formal media, and found with possessions unconnected to reporting, are being questioned.”
However, it is not compulsory for journalists to possess the card to cover regular events and news, and there are no inter-state accreditation cards, TNM confirms it in their report.
Earlier in the day, Kerala DGP Lokanath Behra informed that Karnataka Director General of Police has assured him that the journalists detained during the protest will soon be released.
Two Muslim youths were killed in police firing after a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Mangaluru turned massive yesterday.
The district administration ordered the suspension of internet services for 48 hours starting from 10 pm last night.
Section-144 was imposed in various parts of the state.