The Indian Women's Press Corps (IWPC) has urged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E. Palaniswami to punish those harassing Chennai - based journalist Sandhya Ravishankar for writing about sand mafia.
The grouping said Ravishankar was facing "threats and abuses" and the IWPC was "deeply disturbed by the harassment".
"We condemn the trolling and pressure put on her by interested parties so that she does not raise the issues of illegal mining and corruption, " the IWPC said in a statement on Friday.
It urged the Chief Minister to protect the journalist, have the matter probed and "ensure that the culprits behind her harassment are identified and punished.
"The state should ensure her safety and well being as also her right to continue to work fearlessly and independently, " said the letter to the Chief Minister from IWPC President Sushma Ramachandran.