IWPC condemn vicious trolling of mediapersons

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New Delhi, Feb 19: The Indian Women’s Press Corps (IWPC) on Tuesday expressed deep concern over the ‘vicious attacks’ on the social media directed against several media persons who have commented on the harassment faced by Kashmiri students and others, following the dastardly killings of CRPF personnel in Pulwama.
”Not only were the personal details of some of these media-persons made public, several of them have been bombarded by phone calls threatening violence including sexual violence and other forms of repeated intimidation,” IWPC said in a statement.
”While the government agencies rightfully rein in those who are spreading fake news and putting out potentially inflammatory messages, we urge the Union Home Ministry to act with equal alacrity in identifying and booking those who have been targeting media-persons and other individuals with hate messages,” it said.
”The phone numbers of the hate callers can be easily located and identified. Such messages have the potential of inciting hatred and invariably leading to hate crime. We urge the government to kindly look into this with the urgency it demands,” it said. ”We also wish to put on record that the growing tendency to demonise, hate and abuse people having different viewpoints is a deeply worrying trend and it also goes against the basic tenets of democracy,” the statement said.
”We expect the government to be vigilant on the issue,” it added.