New Delhi, oct 25: The Union Home Ministry has asked all states to ensure safety and security of journalists in exercising freedom of speech and expression, in the wake of incidents of attacks on media persons in various places of the country.
In an advisory to the states, the Home Ministry also said all cases of attacks on journalists should be investigated promptly to ensure that criminals get persecuted in a time-bound manner.
'Fourth Estate is an important institution of the democracy. It ensures that citizens are able to express their opinions freely without any fear and coercion as provided under the Constitution of India. It is the duty of the state to ensure safety and security of the journalists who ensure that the Fourth Estate discharges this key duty,' the advisory said.
The move was taken in the wake of the killing two journalists, Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru and Shantanu Bhowmik in Agartala.