JFA appreciates Chennai journalists for their show of solidarity

NJ Thakuria

Guwahati: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) appreciates the united
strength shown by the Chennai based journalists against a politician’s
unprincipled demand and urged the media fraternity of the country to
stand behind them.
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
Republic Television reporter and then put condition that even if the
reporter stay there, he must not ask questions. Angered with the
condition, the television journalists decided to  walk out of it as a
show of solidarity.
The  young legislator commented that he would not to speak to the
Republic, 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

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