Guwahati, January 13, 2018: Press Council of India seeks explanation from Assam government on alleged delay in probing the pending cases of 32 journalists who are either missing or murdered.
The Press Council of India (PCI) has taken up the matter of the alleged inordinate delay in investigating the case of 32 journalists in Assam since 1987 and has sought an “action taken report” from the state government on each case.
A statement issued by the PCI on January 11 read, “Concerned over the reports of inordinate delay in investigation and prosecution of 32 cases of murdered or missing journalists in Assam over the last three decades, PCI chairman Chandramauli Kumar Prasad has taken suo-motu cognisance of the matter and sought a status report from the chief secretary and director general of police of Assam on the cases.”
The state administration has been asked to file the report as per the recommendations of the 2015 committee on the safety of journalists that had been forwarded to all the states.
The PCI’s decision to seek a report has come weeks after state chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal distributed an ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the slain journalists.
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