Help by sharing this information March 3, 2021 Find out more Organisation to go further News News Follow the news on India Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) condemned militant Hindu nationalists of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who raided the offices of the daily Mahanagar in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), physically attacked three journalists and ransacked the premises. Journalists Yuvraj Mohite, Jayesh Shirsat and Vaishali Rode were all slightly injured in the raid.The international press freedom organisation pointed out that it was the fifth such attack on the paper in the last 15 years, all of which had gone unpunished.The planned attack was against a media that has repeatedly stood out against the growing extremism of certain political parties, it added.The organisation called on the head of government for Maharashtra State, Shri Sushilkumar Shinde, to hold an official investigation to find and punish the perpetrators and those who ordered the attacks.The young BJP militants who invaded the newspaper offices on 29 June, were looking for the editor, Nikhil Wagle, who was out of the office at the time. Frustrated by his absence they turned on the journalists who were there.The newspaper’s premises stand opposite a police post, but the security forces did not intervene.The raid was apparently in reprisal for the publication three days earlier of an article about prostitutes in Pandharpur, near Mumbai. Nikhil Wagle told Reporters Without Borders that the BJP was seeking revenge for the newspaper’s critical coverage of the party at recent general elections. The local leaders had been seeking scapegoats to blame for their electoral defeat.The militant Hindu nationalists accuse the editor of being “pro-Muslim” and “anti-nationalist”. The state interior home affairs visited the offices after the attack and promised the state government would do everything possible to arrest those responsible.Police arrested nine people, some of them BJP staff in Mumbai, who were placed in custody. The federal police, the CID, were put in charge of the investigation.Over the past six months, crews working for television channels Zee News and Sahara have been attacked while working in Mumbai. RSF_en IndiaAsia – Pacific June 10, 2021 Find out more Militant nationalists attack Mumbai daily April 27, 2021 Find out more IndiaAsia – Pacific RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media July 6, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 News In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival
From left, Rae Guthrie, Cathy Matthews, Marjorie Ostrowski and Edie Nicholson, all from Pennsylvania, come to the Indian Summer festivities every year. By Donald WittkowskiIt’s called Indian Summer Weekend, but Rae Guthrie, Marjorie Ostrowski, Cathy Matthews and Edie Nicholson were dressed for winter on Sunday afternoon.Bundled up in coats, hooded sweatshirts, baseball caps, gloves and scarves, the four friends from Pennsylvania shivered in the chilly winds and dreary rains that were reminiscent of a November or December day at the shore.Despite the soggy weather, these diehards of Ocean City’s Indian Summer Weekend celebration were enjoying themselves while eating seafood in the loggia of the Music Pier.They said they come down to Ocean City every year for the Indian Summer festivities, even when the weather, similar to Sunday, is less than summer-like.“It’s like an annual event on our calendar,” Matthews said.June and Mike Adams, of Sellersville, Pa., and their friend, Joyce Sleeter, of Telford, Pa., also use Indian Summer Weekend for a getaway at the shore every year.Soggy weather scared away the crowds from the Boardwalk and Music Pier.Sunday’s storm wasn’t going to spoil their weekend or prevent them from enjoying some seafood, they said. June Adams was savoring some New England clam chowder to chase away the chill.“It’s nice and warm, so on a dreary day like today, it keeps you nice and warm,” she said.The heavy rain caused the Indian Summer seafood festivities to be abbreviated. Food vendors were supposed to set up shop on the Boardwalk, but instead were forced to move their grills to the Music Pier’s loggia, an open-air structure covered by a roof but vulnerable to the winds blowing off the ocean.Del’s Grill and Spadafora’s Seafood, the only seafood vendors that showed up, lamented that the storm scared the crowds away.“Horrible,” Tracey Rooney, Del’s manager, responded when asked to describe Sunday’s business.“We had only about four people, ” Rooney said.Ed Aleszczyk, who was manning the counter at Spadafora’s, offered a similarly gloomy assessment.“With the rain, it’s been terrible,” he said.Aleszczyk added that he was looking forward to nicer weather on Monday, the final day of the Indian Summer celebration.From left, June and Mike Adams, of Sellersville, Pa., and their friend, Joyce Sleeter, of Telford, Pa., were down at the shore for a getaway weekend.“We have one more day to go, so hopefully everyone comes out,” he said.Sunday’s rain also washed out plans for local store owners to set up sales tables along the Boardwalk and on Asbury Avenue between Sixth and 14th streets.The downtown business district appeared quiet Sunday afternoon, a dramatic contrast to the thousands of shoppers who crowded the Asbury Avenue corridor on Saturday during the Fall Block Party celebration, one of the city’s biggest annual events.