JFA appreciates Chennai journalists for their show of solidarity

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Guwahati, Jan 17: 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 Thakuria.

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