Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Union of Working Journalists today condemned the reported threat calls to a TV scribe over her purported remarks on Goddess Durga during a television debate on February 26.

Sidhu Suryakumar of Asianet news channel has claimed she has received threat calls from the country and overseas following which KUWJ has asked Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala to take necessary steps to punish those responsible, KUWJ district secretary C Rahim said in a release here.

The threats to Suryakumar are a challenge to the freedom of press and right of journalists to work freely, Rahim said.

KUWJ has called a protest meeting and march here tomorrow to express solidarity with the journalist. Meanwhile, police said it has started investigating the threat calls following a complaint filed by Suryakumar.