Paying for the Panchkula damage

IN Media Watch Briefs | 09/11/2017

The Chandigarh Press Club had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court to be clubbed with others who had sought compensation from the Haryana Government for damage to property  during the 25th August violence in Panchkula. Media persons and organisations suffered damage to  vehicles, OB vans and other equipment. The High Court said on November 8 that it would first decide who is to pay the compensation - the government or Dera Sacha Sauda. The Press Club and others could then approach it for a further decision. None of the media houses barring one which has offered soft loans, has helped  reporters and photographers whose vehicles were burnt.. They manage by taking lifts from colleagues.                   


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The ongoing battle between Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and Republic Television took a new turn when he was to address a press conference in Chennai today. Mevani at first objected to the Republic journalist being present but agreed to his being there if he didn't ask any questions. The journalists initially agreed but when Mevani still insisted that the Republic journalist leave, the Chennai media decided to boycott him.                        

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