TAMIL NADU

Apex court order hailed

Pondicherry Nov. 10. T.Geethanathan, general secretary of the Pondicherry Farmers Union, has welcomed today's order of the Supreme Court staying the action of the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker against six journalists of The Hindu and Murasoli.

In a release, Mr. Geethanathan said the Tamil Nadu Government should scrap the orders against the journalists awarding imprisonment in an alleged breach of privilege issue. He said freedom of the Press should not be suppressed.

R. Alagiri, president of Pondicherry State unit of the Tamizhar Desiya Iyakkam, today condemned the award of imprisonment to journalists and DMK MLA, Parithi Ilamvazhudhi.

Meanwhile, at Kancheepuram, journalists, wearing black badges and closing their mouth with a black cloth, staged a demonstration in front of the Collectorate.

Reporters from Madurantakam, Thirukkazhukundram, Tiruporur, Chengalpattu and Mahabalipuram also took part in the protest. They demanded the Government to revoke the arrest warrant against the six journalists.

The journalists took out a silent procession on the Collectorate campus and presented a memorandum to the Collector, R.Venkatesan.

At Villupuram, presspersons staged a demonstration in front of the Collectorate.

They hung newspapers and pens, covered in black cloth, from trees, signifying that the attempt to muzzle the press freedom was tantamount to murder of democracy. They raised slogans demanding revoking of the Assembly order.

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