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Should journalists wear bright clothing?

Chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, has suggested that journalists should wear bright jackets or bibs (akin to the bibs that footballers use while in training, presumably?) to avoid being at the receiving end of police action, according to the Times of India today.

This at least was his response to a letter from Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju, who has voiced fears about media being attacked by police during protests.

This raises two questions to my mind:

One: will marking out journalists undermine their ability to embed with protests and talk to protestors (and police)? Two: why are the police harming protestors in the first place?

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