Guwahati, January 18: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) appreciates the united strength shown by the Chennai based journalists against a politician’s unprincipled demand. The forum has also urged the media fraternity of the country to stand behind them.
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It may be noted that Jignesh Mevani, a newly elected legislator from Gujarat, in a press meet on Tuesday in Chennai objected the presence of reporter from Republic TV. He further put forward the condition that even if the reporter stays in the press meet, he must not ask questions. Angered with the condition, the television journalists decided to walk out of the press meet as a show of solidarity.
The legislator commented that he would not to speak to the Republic TV, the news channel led by Arnab Goswami, as a policy. However, a Times Now reporter Shabbir Ahmed firmly encountered him saying that the legislator must not demand which channel should be there or which not in a press meet.
“We denounce the mentality of Jignesh Mevani to dictate the media. If he prefers to avoid any media outlet, he can do that but he must not practice it in a press meet. Moreover, if he feels being abused by the coverage of a particular media outlet, he can go to the court” said a statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and Secretary Nava Thakuria.