Katju slams politicians for being 'intolerant' towards media
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, Oct 24: Slamming the "ugly display of temper" by Virbhadra Singh after he threatened to break cameras of mediapersons, Press Council chief Markandey Katju today said such increasingly intolerant behaviour by politicians against journalists was unacceptable in democracy.
"It is deeply regrettable that certain politicians are of late becoming increasingly intolerant towards the media, and are not behaving in a manner which is expected of them in a democracy," he said in a statement here.
"The latest instance of such undemocratic behaviour is the alleged statement of a senior politician that he will break the camera of a journalist when asked about some allegations against him," Katju said in a refernce to the Congress leader.
The Press Council of India chairperson said that in a democracy it was the people who were supreme and politicians were only servants of the people. "Media acted as an agent of the people for giving them information about their servants and intolerant behaviour by politicians had no place in a democracy, he said."
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