Special Correspondent

Demand apology for remarks against journalists

KADAPA: Members of A.P. Union of Working Journalists burnt effigies of Proddatur MLA N. Varadarajulu Reddy and Thondur ZPTC member B. Sivamohan Reddy at Seven Roads junction on Monday and demanded an apology from them for their intemperate remarks against journalists at Kadapa District Planning Committee meeting yesterday evening.

APUWJ district president P. Ramasubba Reddy and State Council members V. Narayanaswamy, R.S. Reddy, M.V. Subramanyam and M. Sivarama Raju submitted a memorandum to Collector M.T. Krishna Babu at the Collectorate and registered their protest at the alleged slanderous remarks made by the two ruling party leaders at the meeting.

When the journalists asked the Collector why he did not stop the leaders from making unwarranted remarks against mediapersons for nearly half an hour, the Collector said ZP chairperson D. Jyothi Reddy, who presided, should have objected. The mediapersons also expressed resentment at the Collector’s remarks at the meeting that the media lost credibility and the action of some district officials who thumped the tables, when the MLA and ZPTC members made accusations against mediapersons. Mr. Krishna Babu replied that he only informed the leaders that they could take to legal recourse or complain to Press Council of India. APUWJ leaders called for similar protests in all constituency headquarters on Tuesday.