Media Group Targeted in India

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned an attack on an Indian media group's offices by right wing Hindu nationalists protesting a local newspaper's coverage of their internal politics.

The New York-based group Monday cited news reports saying supporters of the Shiv Sena, a Hindu nationalist party, attacked the Times of India building in Mumbai Saturday over an article in the Maharashtra Times, which is part of the Times of India group. According to the reports, Sena politician Anandrao Adsul was going to join the rival National Congress Party.

Adsul told reporters the article was factually incorrect and would damage his political career ahead of elections.

The reports say Adsul's supporters forcefully entered the news offices, attacked security guards, vandalized the building, and burned copies of the Maharashtra Times.

The reports said the Mumbai Press Club plans to hold a protest rally next week against the growing number of attacks on journalists and to press the government of Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital, to enact legislation to deter future violence.