Now, Markandey Katju says, 'crush freedom of press'

Nov 16 2012, 20:55 IST
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Markandey Katju. (PTI) Markandey Katju. (PTI)
Summary"People are more important thing than journalists," says Katju.

like Hanuman. Hanuman ji served Lord Ram, today Lord Ram is the Indian people," Katju said.

"There is massive poverty in this country, massive suicides....for five years you will not let this be published. Then ultimately a great journalist like P Sainath so much highlighted it that you could not prevent it," he said.

He said that an event, where models wore garments made from cotton produced by Vidarbha farmers, was covered by hundreds of journalists while only local mediapersons covered farmers who were committing suicides.

"Don't you have any shame? Is it responsible behaviour on your part? And you talk freedom-freedom at any cost, let the Indian people go to hell," he said.

"I have been a biggest supporter of press freedom. None of you have fought for press freedom like I have," he added.

Katju said that journalists had been affected in Kashmir during police action on protesters after which he raised the matter with the state government.

"Did any of you send me a letter of congratulations for defended that press freedom?" he asked the gathering and said that he had also defended journalists in Maharashtra and raised his voice for cartoonist Aseem Trivedi.

Katju said that he was playing the role of Jambvand, who had reminded Lord Hanuman of his strength and duties.

Katju said that Bollywood and cricket personalities seemed more important than national issues for the media.

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