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Kerala Police Begin Probe into Cyber Attacks on Journalists

In Kerala
August 11, 2020

The Kerala Police on Tuesday began a probe into the complaint given by the Kerala Union of Working Journalists after some mediapersons came under cyber attack for posing inconvenient questions to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

State Police Chief Loknath Behra said in a statement that the Hi-tech Enquiry Cell and the Police Cyberdome have started the probe. For the past few days a journalist couple working in a TV channel and another woman journalist with a different TV channel had come under unprecedented cyber attacks.

The major issue for the attackers seemed to be that these journalists were asking inconvenient questions to Vijayan in particular and the CPI-M in general. This issue was first taken up by Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala who slammed Vijayan’s press secretary P.M. Manoj for taking on the journalists, when he is not supposed to indulge in such acts being a government servant.

When mediapersons raised the issue with Vijayan on Monday night he said he had no knowledge of what had happened and when specifically asked about Manoj, he pointed out that, “Manoj like many of you is also a journalist.”