Shiv sena attacks ibn offices in mumbai, pune

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SHIV SENA ATTACKS IBN OFFICES IN MUMBAI, PUNE


Mumbai: A group of 20-25 men claiming to be Shiv Sena activists attacked journalists and damaged property at the offices of IBN7 and IBN Lokmat, the Hindi and Marathi news channels of the IBN Network, in north-east Mumbai’s Vikhroli on Friday.

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IBN Network journalists and other employees were beaten up and their clothes torn by the group. The attackers told employees that they would not accept reports criticizing the Shiv Sena. The Mumbai Police claims they have arrested seven Shiv Sena workers for the attack.

Eight alleged Shiv Sena workers in Pune were arrested for damaging an IBN7 OB van and pelting stones at the channel’s office in the city.

Sandeep Chavan, a journalist with IBN Lokmat, said the attackers in Mumbai told employees they were looking for Nikhil Wagle, editor-in-chief of IBN Lokmat, and wanted to “teach him a lesson”. Chavan said the attackers were armed with iron rods, baseball bats and cricket wickets.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan told Network18 the attackers will be punished.

“We had no idea that such a thing was going to happen. Whoever is responsible for this will be severely dealt with. Nobody has the right to assault journalists,” said the Chief Minister.

“You will see action soon,” Ashok Chavan told Network18.

Senior journalist Kumar Ketkar, whose house was attacked by Shiv Sena activists in January 2008, said political organisations attacked the media and others because they felt they can get away with it.

“This must be condemned by the entire media. Political institutions and the government of Maharashtra should be held responsible for stopping such acts,” said Ketkar, executive editor of Marathi daily Loksatta.

The reason for the attacks is still not clear. The two channels had taken a tough stand against intolerant politics in the state. IBN Lokmat, the number one Marathi channel, has been vocal against the violence in the name of Marathi pride being witnessed in Maharashtra.
 

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shiv sena, who are misusing the democracy should be punished immediately. shiv sena should be announce a banned party which is the great shame to india and indians.
 

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What a shame to the government, I think it is high time to ban Shiv Sena .This is highly ridiculous but as usual i am sure they will just get away with this... electronic media should unite and put pressure on govt and bring this unlawful people to justice :((
 

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I think the bigger culprit is Congress, for letting this terrorist organization flourish. If only there was political will.
 

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It is high time, political parties like MNS and Shiv Sena must be derecognized by the Election Commission. But this time also some 5/6 ordinary workers will be arrested and will got bail in 2/3 days.
 

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Its DUE that they should be disciplined.A Modern INDIA cant depict these Vandalisers.

 

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Whoa:eek::eek: and I thought only Pakistan & Afghanistan had Talibans...:s
 

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Whoa:eek::eek: and I thought only Pakistan & Afghanistan had Talibans...:s
You what's the difference?

In Pakistan, poor tribal peasants are made to face the oppression of the Talibunnies.

In India, poor rural peasants face Maoists, while urban, educated, people in the country's biggest city face these right-wing groups which the administration allows to flourish.

Congress ka haath...sirf aap ke jeb ke saath.
 

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You what's the difference?

In Pakistan, poor tribal peasants are made to face the oppression of the Talibunnies.

In India, poor rural peasants face Maoists, while urban, educated, people in the country's biggest city face these right-wing groups which the administration allows to flourish.

Congress ka haath...sirf aap ke jeb ke saath.
Love this line :Congress ka haath...sirf aap ke jeb ke saath:

Congress in Maharashtra has been playing a dangerous game of promoting MNS to pull down Shiv Sena. But this is only leading to lawlesness and fear and tension for the ordinary citizens.

All said and done these goons should be caught,thrashed and paraded through the streets on the backs of Donkeys. they deserve this at the minimum.
 

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All this 'ban shivsena' rhetoric is surprising. This is not the first time a political party attacked a media house or a journalist. Nor is Shiva sena only party to do so. Also these things are not limited to Maharashtra or Mumbai either. Its just a reflection of the prevalent political culture in our country. Most small time workers of any political party are nothing but rowdies and goons. And they are used as weapon against those who disagree with the party. All political parties are guilty of this culture.

Also, the media houses today have become business houses that sell propaganda to the people. Most media are biased and distort and misrepresent the news to the viewers and misguide them intentionally. In short, the media have moved away from their job of giving 'news' and are indulging in giving 'views' to ordinary people.

Both the media houses and the political parties or politicians have interests(mostly economic in nature). When their paths collide, politicians use violence, media houses use propaganda. AP was witness in the tussle between congress and Ramoji Rao(ETV fame). Of course, since the congress was in power, there was no 'violence' as such.

Frankly, ordinary people care zilch about all this, as it least affects their lives in a positive way. The real solution is to reform the politics of our country and also return of responsible and accountable journalism.
 

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The media was called the Fourth Estate and there was a reason for this as they were supposed to be one of the 4 pillars which support democracy.

But off late it has become very clear that the Media houses have been trying to push their own agenda. A recent article written by former BJP member Sudheendra Kulkarni writes about this nexus between the politicians and the media houses. When these lines blurr, politicians become media moghuls and vice versa then the situation is definitely not desireable.

News on sale? That’s nauseous

Democracy lovers, wake up. What you and I value highly is being increasingly devalued. What you and I cherish and pride in is endangered. The danger comes from a familiar foe: corruption.

But aren’t we all too familiar with this foe, and yet unable to curb his depredations? What’s new about the danger he poses?

Just that the foe has opened a new front.

Corruption in two of the four pillars of democracy, legislature and executive, has long been a part of the national debate on what is ailing our polity. In recent years, corruption in the judiciary is also being discussed, albeit in markedly muted voices, the fear of inviting the contempt of court whiplash still deterring many an intrepid investigative reporter and commentator.

But what about corruption in the media, the fourth pillar that sustains our democracy? Since the media also act as the messenger, the messenger is understandably uncomfortable talking about the malady within this once-hallowed institution. But all those who care for the health of this dependable protector of democracy should know that the disease is spreading.

It is an open secret that some of the most successful and perennially self-congratulating “superbrands” in India’s newspaper business sell their editorial space to commercial entities and celebrities, without letting their readers know that the news and features that they read are paid for. But far more disturbing is the recent phenomenon that a growing number of newspapers, magazines and TV channels across the country are selling their election coverage, both at wholesale and retail prices, to political parties and candidates.

Similarly, The Hindu carried a searing commentary last month by celebrated journalist P. Sainath (‘The medium, message and the money’), in which he wrote: “The Assembly elections saw the culture of ‘coverage packages’ explode across Maharashtra. In the financial orgy that marked the elections, the media were never far behind the moneybags. Not just small local outlets, but powerful newspapers and television channels, too. No money, no news. Many candidates complained of ‘extortion’ but were not willing to make an issue of it for fear of drawing media fire.”

It is necessary to be blunt about who these “extortionists” were. Who were blackmailing parties and candidates? Who were doing the deals about the price for per-column-centimetre news, the premium to be paid for blacking out news about other candidates, and a higher premium for printing negative news about rivals? Not reporters and editors, but media owners themselves. The deal that was struck by owners had to be dutifully implemented by the editorial staff. Almost every serious candidate who aspired to win had to earmark at least a couple crores for such “media management”. What a mockery of freedom of the press! Freedom comes with the obligation of integrity. Integrity brings credibility. And it is credibility, and not profitability, which is the most precious badge of honour for everybody associated with the noble profession of journalism.
The complete article can be accessed at

News on sale? That’s nauseous
 

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Good post, sob.

Its clear that all the four pillars have been compromised by corruption. There is a nexus across them. India needs real reforms in politics, judiciary(judges and their incomes), and media. Once these three are properly reformed, bureaucracy will be automatically reformed.
 

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