Maha: Journalists shouting for new law to prevent attacks

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Mumbai, Feb 4: After Shiv Sena's attack over Mumbai's TOI building, Journalists has raised their voice for protection. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday was warned by the journalists that if the  government failed to come up with a stringent law for their protection, otherwise they will talk to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh regarding the issue.

"Chavan had assured journalists that he will make efforts to introduce a bill during the ensuing budget session of the state legislature. If he fails, we will call on the PM," said S M Deshmukh, convener of the action committee for prevention of attack on journalists.

In a fit of rage, Shiv Sena MP Anandrao Adsul supporters had attacked the building over an article published in Maharashtra Times. This unwanted attack caused panic among the journalist, which led to a demonstration staged by them at Azad Maidan.

"I have seen several attacks on journalists in my career. Even I was attacked on many occasions, but the approach of the government is lackadaisical. Most of the attackers are politicians. Thegovernment is reluctant to take action against them," said Nikhil Wagle, IBN-Lokmat editor.

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