The National Media Commission has demanded immediate action from the Police Administration against the officers who assaulted staff of the New Times Corporation.
The Commission further calls on the Police Administration to take steps to arrest the perpetrators without passing the buck to the Journalists to identify the officers involved in the act.
It has come to the notice of the Commission that the assault took place as a result of the officer’s refusal to stop after the unregistered motor bike he was riding hit the vehicle of the New Times Corporation and the rider attempted running away.
The vehicle of the New Times Corporation caught up with the rider and a misunderstanding ensued and other Police officers joined their colleague in beating the Journalists.
It is alleged that one of the wounded journalists was detained for hours whilst one of them was hospitalized after the attack.
The Commission is of the view that since the journalists were brought to the Police Station and they were detained the Police should be able to identify the officers involved. The investigation should go further into the conduct of the station officer as to the reason for the detention of the Journalist.