KUALA LUMPUR: The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has urged the authorities to charge the anti-Bersih supporters who assaulted three journalists covering the Bersih 5.0 convoy on Saturday.
NUJ secretary-general Schave Jerome De Rozario added that police should not let the perpetrators off lightly.
Police should also question the leader of the aggressors, he said after the union lodged a report at the Brickfields district police headquarters in Sri Petaling on Tuesday.
Three suspects detained by police and later identified as the culprits who assaulted the journalists from The Star were released on Monday.
Kuala Selangor OCPD Supt Ruslan Abdullah said police are in the midst of investigations and are working on tracking down suspects still at large.
“We will refer the case to the public prosecutor's office once the investigation papers are completed,” he said on Monday.
De Rozario said that the NUJ had also made the report to highlight the seriousness of the case of harassment of journalists.
“Reporters have a job to do. They can’t be harassed or told to erase what they have recorded,” he said.
He added that with the upcoming Bersih 5.0 rally, similar incidents were likely to occur.
The assault on the three journalists occurred after they witnessed about 30 anti-Bersih supporters on motorcycles intimidating the Bersih group outside a hypermarket in Kuala Selangor.
About five people from the anti-Bersih group, some wearing red attire, started to intimidate the journalists, and tried to stop them from recording and reporting the incident.
The journalists later lodged a report at the Kuala Selangor police headquarters and three suspects were arrested on Sunday over the incident.