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Vaiko urges Times of India to respect Freedom of Expression

Chennai

19-December-2011

Vol 2 | Issue 50

Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko joined the growing band of politicians, rights activists, lawyers and students in expressing solidarity with The Weekend Leader over The Times of India’s threat of legal action for publishing an article on Malayalee journalists working in the English media in Chennai.

In a letter sent to the Editor of this website, P C Vinoj Kumar, Vaiko urged The Times of India to appreciate criticism in the right spirit.

Vaiko reminds The Times of India that Freedom of Expression is one of the cardinal principles of democracy

Vaiko said the article – ‘Rising emotions, falling objectivity, the truth behind Mullaiperiyar coverage in Chennai newsrooms’ - “has exposed the prejudiced, biased attitude of certain journalists in Chennai regarding Mullai Periyar issue.

“Truth always hurts. The agitated Newspaper has issued legal notice. But they have not come forward to deny the facts mentioned in the article,” Vaiko pointed out.

“Freedom of expression is one of the cardinal principles of democracy, for which I have undergone detention for 19 months,” he added. – TWL Bureau
 


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