SHOCKER: JNU Protestors Attempt To Silence Republic Media Network: Block Right To Report

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JNUSU protestors attempt to silence Republic Media Network, attempts to take away 'Right to Report'. RMN will not be silenced and will continue to report

Written By Yash Sanghvi | Mumbai | Updated On:

Amidst the ongoing protest by the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU), Republic Media Network had asked the protestors questions, which were unanswered. Rather, than answering the questions the student protestors that held a press conference turned off the Republic Media Network microphone, in an apparent attempt to silence the Right to Report. The protestors can be heard saying, "Please enko chup karaao (Please silence them)"

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The questions, that went unanswered.

  1. As the protestors were blocking AIIMS, Republic TV's reporter had asked, "What about the lives of those patients?"
  2. On republic microphone being turned off, the Reporter asked, "Why has our mic been turned off?"
  3. The Reporter was heckled when she stated that these are the questions to which the entire country wants answers to, one of the protestors in an attempt to stop the questions from being asked attempted to start a chant of "You are not the country, You are not the country" to which the Reporter responded, "Are you the country?" 
  4. In an attempt to further take away the Right to Report, the Reporter was further heckled and was asked to leave without the protestors stating any reason at all, to which the Reporter questioned, "Why are you asking us to go away?"
  5. On the protestors blocking an ambulance, they were asked, "What about the ambulance?", which the protestors again left unanswered.

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Why are they protesting?

The students of JNU have been protesting for the last few weeks about the new hostel manual which advocated a hike in hostel fees, dress code regulations, and curfew timings. While the JNU administration announced a partial rollback of some of the contentious provisions, the students expressed their dissatisfaction. On November 17, the JNU administration called upon the students to return to their classes and resume their academic work. On Monday morning, a large group of protesting students decided to march to Parliament demanding a complete rollback of the hostel manual.

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Ambulance held up due to protests 

The students of JNU have been protesting for the last few weeks about the new hostel manual which advocated a hike in hostel fees, dress code regulations, and curfew timings. While the JNU administration announced a partial rollback of some of the contentious provisions, the students expressed their dissatisfaction. On November 17, the JNU administration called upon the students to return to their classes and resume their academic work. On Monday morning, a large group of protesting students decided to march to Parliament demanding a complete rollback of the hostel manual.

Due to the student protests, the entry and exit points of multiple Delhi Metro stations near Parliament were shut down temporarily. While the students alleged use of excessive force, Delhi Police PRO Mandeep Randhawa stated that the allegations would be investigated. He said that attempts were being made to engage with the students regarding their demands and to convince them against taking the law in their own hands.

Some of the agitating students were stopped and contained in the Safdarjung Tomb area. It was also revealed that around 100 students had been detained for showing ‘'aggressive defiance” to the directions of the police. On Monday evening, the police forcibly removed the JNU student protesters, who had brought civic life and traffic to a standstill, with an ambulance being among the many vehicles forcibly held up.

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