PCI flays blocking of social media a/cs of Punjab journalists

CHANDIGARH/NEW DELHI, Mar 24: Press Club of India has criticised the “lopsided” action of Punjab Police to block Twitter handles of journalists of Punjab amid operation to nab Khalistan sympathiser Amritpal Singh.
PCI in a tweet thread on Thursday night also said the bizarre move of police to also call them to police station randomly was an attempt to hide its own inefficiency in nabbing the real culprits of raising the Khalistan issue.
PCI has demanded that the State Government should unblock the Twitter handles of journalists and must stop harassing them. Notably, police had launched a crackdown to nab Khalistan sympathiser Amritpal Singh and his supporters on last Saturday.
In the coming days while more than 200 people were detained, Amritpal had escaped the police net and was last seen in Kurukshetra district of Haryana.
Meanwhile, according to police, to maintain public order and curb the menace of fake news, rumor-mongering and hate speech internet services were shutdown in the state and remained so for 72 hours.
However, from Sunday onwards Twitter accounts of a few journalists were withheld. According to a Newslaundry report, these include Indian Express reporter Kamaldeep Singh Brar, Pro Punjab TV Bureau Chief Gagandeep Singh, freelance journalist Sandeep Singh. The disclaimers at the bottom read that these accounts had “been withheld in India in response to a legal request.” (UNI)