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'Madhya Pradesh second in country in attack on journalists, media freedom under threat'

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BHOPAL: In a sharp attack on BJP ruled Madhya Pradesh, Congress has said that apart from earning distinction of being number one in rape now Madhya Pradesh has also got the dubious distinction of leading in the attacks on journalists.

Questioning law-and-order situation in the state, congress spokesperson Ravi Saxena said that going by NCRB (National Crime Record Bureau) records Madhya Pradesh had earned notorious distinction of being number one in rape of minors for last seven years in a row.

Adding to it, now MP has become second in India in crime against senior citizens besides increasing incidents of attacks on journalists. The report of National Crime Record Bureau amply makes it clear that law and order situation in Madhya Pradesh is at its lowest in the current regime.   

“It is very concerning that the most important pillar of democracy – journalists are also not safe in the state. Going by the NCRB report 19 incidents have been reported of attack on journalists in 2015 and 24 in 2016. And despite all this Shivraj government is claiming that crime has come down in the state,” said Saxena.

He also said that journalists are comparatively more secure in other states as number of incidents reported from other states is negligible. Saxena said that in past three years, crime against senior citizens have increased by 10%.

Madhya Pradesh in number one in India as regards incidents of attack on journalists, he said. Saxena demanded that Protection of Journalists Act should be implemented immediately in the state to provide secure environment to journalists so that they could discharge their duties without any fear. Steps should also be taken to protect senior citizens and improve law and order situation in state.