A number of journalists across media organisations have voiced how challenging reporting on the Delhi riots has been the last few days.

One journalist shot at two other reporters attacked by mob in Delhi riots Twitter/ Shantasree Sarkar
news Delhi riots Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 16:24

Three journalists were seriously injured and many others threatened by unruly mobs during the riots in Delhi. While journalist Akash, reporting for JK 24x7 News, was shot at in east Delhi’s Maujpur on Tuesday, two reporters belonging to NDTV were beaten up by the mob when they were reportedly filming a mosque that had been set on fire. The NDTV journalists Arvind Gunasekar and Saurabh Shukla were reportedly let go after a third woman journalist pleaded with the mob to let them go. They were rushed to a hospital and given medical aid. 

According to a tweet by NDTV’s Executive Editor Nidhi Razdan, the mob only stopped beating them “after realising they are ‘our people- Hindus’”.

Saurabh Shukhla later tweeted to say that he and Arvind Gunasekar are alright.

This is just the latest in a string of attacks on journalists since riots broke out in Delhi on Sunday. 

Aunindyo Chattopadhyay, a photojournalist with the Times of India, detailed his horrifying experience in the newspaper on Tuesday, where he wrote that he was first approached by a Hindu Sena member who tried to put a tilak on his forehead to make his job easier, and that he was later questioned when he tried to take a picture of a building on fire, and was asked why he was going there as he was Hindu too.

The horror continued, the mob later threatening to remove his pants to verify his religion.

“A youth accosted me and asked, “Bhai, tu zyada uchhal raha hai. Tu Hindu hai ya Musalman? (Brother, you are acting very smart. Are you a Hindu or a Muslim?),” he wrote in TOI.

Times Now journalist Parvina Purkayastha tweeted stating that she was attacked by pro-CAA protesters (right wing) for reporting facts. She said she had to plead with the mob that was wielding stones and sticks before she escaped.

A number of journalists across media organisations have voiced how challenging reporting on the Delhi riots has been the last few days. Rioters are questioning anyone holding a mobile phone and mobile phones are being checked for any incriminating pictures that are deleted on the spot.

Reports of violence and arson continue to trickle in from Maujpur, Jaffrabad and Kardampuri areas as Delhi Police confirmed that seven people, including a police head constable, have died in the rioting that has continued sporadically across several localities since Saturday. Rioters used stones, sticks and country-made firearms as pro and anti-CAA protesters clashed.

With IANS inputs

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