Journalists from Goa under the banner of South Goa Journalists Association (SGJA) held at dharna on Friday morning at the historic Lohia Maidan Margao protesting against the Crime Branch officials issuing summons to scribes in connection with the Balli incident.
Goa Union of Journalists (GUJ) President Pandurang Gaonkar while condemning the police attitude asserted that this should not be allowed to be a precedent as otherwise every journalist on the field will be harassed by police even from police station.
Disclosing that GUJ had taken up the matter with Director General of Police Aditya Arya he said the GUJ stand is that whenever any investigating agency need information from a journalist the concerned editor should be approached and not the journalist directly.
SGJA President Prashant Naik who is one of the journalist summoned by the Crime Branch said that they are being prevented from carrying out their normal duties due to frequent summons to their office at Dona Paula.
However, he admitted to his lapse in deposing before the Crime Branch without objecting to the procedure adopted by it.
A delegation of Sanguem Quepem Patrakar Sangh and GUJ joined the dharna where civic groups like Jai Damodar Association also participated.
GUJ Executive Committee member Rupesh Samant announced that the Information Department had agreed to provide identification jackets to journalists and in the first lot photo journalists will be covered.
He said the DGP had promised to apprise all police personnel of this jacket so that journalists are identified by them in crowded situation and protected.
The demand for a legislation providing protection to journalists on duty particularly in strife stricken areas was also made and GUJ and SGJA office bearers were urged to pursue this with the government.