The Editors guild of India has condemened the Kerala Police's FIR against journalist Venu Balakrishnan as 'reprehensible'.
The FIR came after the student wing of the ruling CPI-M party filed a complaint against Balakrishnan for one of his statements during a discussion on the Mathrubhumi TV channel on the alleged torture of a young muslim youth by cops.
The guild found that the anchor's statement had been taken out of context and made the basis of the FIR. The guild saw it as an attack on the freedom of the press and urged the Kerala government to restrain the police from any action in this matter.
The full statement is below: