Katju stands firm, publishers protest

New Delhi : Four senior publishers Thursday walked out of a meeting with Press Council of India (PCI) chairman Markandey Katju when he refused to take back his critical remarks about journalists.

The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) said the publishers told Katju at a meeting here that he should withdraw his statement that most journalists were “of very poor intellectual level”.

“The chairman, however, was firm and refused to withdraw the remarks made by him,” INS said in statement. “The publishers walked out of the meeting in protest.”

The four were R. Lakshmipathy (Dinamalar), V.K. Chopra (Filmi Duniya), Sanjay Gupta (Jagran) and Vijay Kumar Chopra (Punjab Kesari).

Earlier, the INS Executive Committee said that Katju’s remarks “demonstrated a deep bias against members of the Fourth Estate and such bias would adversely affect the functioning of the Council”.

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