Condemn arrest of Journalist SriSailam ! డిసెంబర్ 6, 2007Posted by JayaPrakash Telangana in Arrest, Telangana Journalist Forum.
Latest update: 02:30am EST, 06th December 2007
Our journalist friend Pittala Srisailam, the force behind Musi TV, was arrested and implicated in a false case by Andhra Pradesh police. He was whisked away in Kandukur in Prakasam district some time in the afternoon of December 4, 2007 when he went to interview a leader of the CPI (Maoist). His whereabouts were not known for the next 30 hours, despite his family and friends, including journalist unions’ office bearers making representations to the police bosses and Home Minister. Finally in the night of December 5, the Home Minister accepted that Srisailam was in their custody. He also said they would let him off if it is true that he went for an interview only. However, by the late night Srisailam was implicated in a false case and shown as a “courier” of the Maoists.
While changing from Ongole subjail to Nellore jail, Srisailam had an occasion to speak to press and said “I was kidnapped by police and wrongly implicated as a ‘courier’ to Maoists. I was also tortured by the police in custody to confess some statements which I am not aware of. I have no connections whatsoever with the Maoists and was there only for an interview as a part of my job as a journalist“. These statements were prominently displayed by all TV news channels.
As we all know, many journalists interviewed Maoist leaders innumerable times in the past but no one has ever been arrested or harassed for doing their job. Pittala Srisailam who has already been arrested and harassed last week by Amberpet police for screening pro-Telangana films as street shows is now being targeted by the state police for performing his job as a journalist. When he was arrested in Amberpet last week, supposedly the police mentioned that they were under a lot of pressure from higher officials to curb his activities for Telangana cause. It is obvious that he is specifically being targeted for his dedicated work for Telangana media.
It is observed that some of the mainstream media are addressing him as ‘ex-journalist’. We should all note that Srisailam resigned from MaaTV recently to work full-fledged for MusiTV. Reportedly, MaaTV was not happy with Srisailam’s activities for Telangana. Now that he is working full time for a Telangana TV (Musi TV), he is not even being considered as a journalist anymore. Does working for Andhra media only make someone a journalist and not working independently for Telangana?
Srisailam’s family is trying to arrange a bail for Srisailam. We all are aware that Srisailam, in spite of his meager income has invested over Rs. 5 lakhs for MusiTV by selling his land. It is our moral responsibility as Telangana supporters to stand by him & his family, who has done so much to bring Telangana to our screens.
Please go to http://www.petitiononline.com/musitv/petition.html
and sign the petition Condemning the illegal arrest of Telangana Journalist & Activist Pittala Srisailam !
Jai Telangana !