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Editors Guild slams trolling of women journos critical of govt

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Editors Guild slams trolling of women journos critical of govt
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Editors Guild slams trolling of women journos critical of govt
Editors Guild slams trolling of women journos critical of govt

NEW DELHI: The Editors Guild of India on Tuesday condemned the continued online harassment and organised trolling of women journalists and demanded a Supreme Court monitored probe, and urgent government action to dismantle such “misogynistic and abusive” digital ecosystems.
Claiming that most attacks were targeted at outspoken critics of the government and the ruling party, the EGI asked the Supreme Court to order a probe into the use of the ‘Tek Fog’ app to harass women journalists with abusive tweets.
“This is a travesty of all democratic norms, and in violation of law,” the Guild said commenting on the latest instances of “organised trolling and harassment”. “The purpose of these deeply hurtful messages was to instil fear in them and to prevent them from expressing themselves freely and go about their jobs… According to the reports, several women journalists were subjected to thousands of abusive tweets,” an EGI statement said.
“Further, given the allegations that there may be the involvement of influential people linked to the ruling party with the app Tek Fog, the Guild demands that the SC takes cognisance of the matter and order a probe into it,” the guild added. The EGI also took note of the recent instances of online “auction” of Muslim women. “The Editors Guild demands the government take urgent steps to break and dismantle this misogynistic and abusive digital eco-system and thorough investigations are carried out to identify and punish the culprits and entities behind it,” it said.

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