Statement in Support of Nivedita Menon and Gauhar Raza

We, the undersigned, unequivocally condemn the unwarranted attacks against Prof. Nivedita Menon by Zee News and IBN 7 and Mr. Gauhar Raza by Zee News. Prof. Menon is an acclaimed political scientist and writer whose work and integrity are respected all over the world. Her contributions to the women’s movement and gender justice through her writing and participation have been very significant. Mr. Raza is a reputed scientist, poet and filmmaker, who has worked in a sustained way for peace and amity. The two channels have engaged in irresponsible and unethical attacks based on video clips taken out of context, creating an atmosphere of threat, intimidation and incitement to violence. Three false cases have been filed against Prof. Menon in this media-created environment of shrill jingoism. We request the Press Council of India and the Broadcast Association to take necessary action against these channels for their unacceptable and unlawful reportage. We also demand that the two channels issue a public apology for their relentless and defamatory attacks against Prof. Menon and Mr. Raza.

In solidarity with Nivedita Menon and Gauhar Raza,

signed:

Anjali Monteiro
K.P. Jayasankar
Shilpa Phadke
Shohini Ghosh
Sabeena Gadihoke
Nandini Manjrekar
Tejaswini Niranjana
Janki Andharia
Meena Gopal
Rowena Robinson
Probal Dasgupta
Chayanika Shah
Vinod Pavarala
Aparna Rayaprol
Nasreen Fazalbhoy
Darryl D’Monte
Vivek Monteiro
Sujata Patel
Abhay Sardesai
Sameera Khan
Surabhi Sharma
Nina Sabnani
Alka Hingorani
Adwaita Bannerjee
Subasri Krishnan
Smriti Nevatia
Kritika Agarwal
Ajit Mahale
Shweta Radhakrishnan
Bhamini Lakshminarayan
Abir Dasgupta
Arpita Chakraborty
Nandan Saxena
Kavita Bahl
Shoba Ghosh
Prerna Gupta
Geeta Seshu
Aastha Tyagi
Maanvi
Freny Manecksha
Shweta Ghosh
Mukta Patil
Sriram Srinivasan
Bindhulakshmi P
Shilpi Gulati
Prerna Gupta
Monica Sakhrani
Ridhima Sharma
Faiz Ullah
Shivaji D. Sargar
Ajinkya Shenava
Baliram Gaikwad
Usha Raman
Anjali Gupta
Rukmini Sen
Prasheel Anand Banpur
Pranay Rupani
Abu Saleh
Anand Gautam
Parool Sharma
Iram Ghufran
Isha Pungaliya
Manasi Pinto
Smita Vanniyar
Ananya Gaur
Karuna D’Souza
Divya Cowasji
Nayantara Nayar
Vishal Langthasa
Chandan Gowda
Anuradha Banerji
Shubhra Dixit
Akash Basumatari
Rahed Razzak S.K.
Nikhil Titus
Ketaki Chowkhani