Reporter who alleged corruption beaten within India

This posting is an important update by the Committee to protect journalists and the freedom of the press worldwide:

A group of enemies in the southeastern Indian town associated with Chirala on February 5, 2017, beat M Nagarjuna Reddy, the reporter with the Telugu-language monthly publication Basa , based on his employer, press reports , video , and a memorandum the journalist filed with the Andhra Pradesh Human Rights Commission within Hyderabad, the state capital, on Feb 14.

The attack emerged a day after the February edition from the magazine appeared on newsstands. That will edition included an article Reddy had written alleging that Amanchi Krishna Mohan, a legislator representing Chirala within the Andhra Pradesh state legislature, has been involved in illegal sand-digging and that this individual and his brother, Amanchi Swamulu Mohan, used the names of third events to secure bank loans, later defaulting to them. The brothers denied those accusations, according to a national broadcaster NDTV . Amanchi Krishna Mohan did not answer the particular Committee to Protect Journalists’ repeated phone calls.

Reddy said the particular men were led by Amanchi Swamulu, according to media reports . The publisher of Basa , who is known only by the title Vidyasagar, told CPJ that Reddy’s assailants “used iron rods, stays and knives to beat your pet up, and the local police continued to be mere spectators. ” Amanchi Krishna told the broadcaster CNN News 18 his brother’s actions had been a response to Reddy’s abusive vocabulary.

Reddy was instantly rushed to a government hospital within the Guntur district of Chirala, which usually refused him treatment, Bharat Bhushan, a friend of the journalist’s, told CPJ.

“They refused to deal with him, urged him not to document a case against the local [politician] and used abusive vocabulary against him, ” Bhushan informed CPJ.

“The following day, [February 6], he was delivered to a private hospital in Guntur in which he was admitted for two days. Their fingers are badly injured and can’t even hold a pencil properly, ” said the journalist’s friend.

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