Journalist Organizations Condemn Brutal Attack on Nikhil Wagle, Call for Accountability and Justice

New Delhi, India – Journalist organizations have strongly condemned the brutal attack on senior journalist Nikhil Wagle by members of a political party in Pune on February 9. This incident reflects a disturbing trend of intolerance towards the media’s role in upholding democratic values and freedom of expression in India.

Wagle and two others were reportedly assaulted by alleged Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers at Khandoji Baba Chowk in Pune following an FIR filed against Wagle for his remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP leader LK Advani. In response to the attack, several prominent journalist organizations have voiced their outrage and demanded accountability and justice for Wagle.

Representatives from the Press Club of India, the Indian Women’s Press Corps, and the Press Association issued a joint statement emphasizing the urgent need for accountability and justice in this matter. They expressed their shock and concern over the escalation of violence against journalists, highlighting the detrimental impact it has on the fabric of democracy.

Furthermore, the journalist organizations called for the withdrawal of the severe charges filed against Wagle under criminal laws, including accusations of promoting enmity, mischief, and defamation. They urged the Maharashtra government to take decisive action against the perpetrators of the attack, stressing that impunity for such acts of violence only emboldens further assaults on press freedom.

In addition, the organizations made a strong plea to the authorities to send a clear message that violence against journalists will not be tolerated and that those responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. They underscored the importance of fostering an environment where differing opinions, especially in politics, are respected and subject to constructive dialogue rather than violent reprisal.