TN Governor: Patronising and insulting

IN Media Watch Briefs | 18/04/2018

Journalists are up in arms against Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit who, in a patronising gesture, patted the cheek of a senior woman correspondent instead of answering some tough questions. The incident occured at a press conference that the Governor called to answer allegations of his involvement in the Nirmala Devi sexual favours scandal. In a letter to the governor, more than 200 journalists have demanded an unconditional apology from him.            

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Journalists covering the ongoing protest of residents of the coastal town of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu were at the receiving end of police violence and found their cameras and cellphones snatched. The residents were demanding immediate closure of Vedanta Sterlite's copper operations and the agitation turned bloody, leaving one person dead in police firing.          

According to this report  34 people who were employed by  ABP Ltd through contractors for different departments, and were fired,  have been protesting outside the ABP premises for almost a month now but there has been no media coverage. Their troubles began when they formed a union in response to not being paid minimum wages by their contractors in 2016. Their union is affiliated to the TMC. They were fired after forming a union.The ABP management has not met them yet. Media outlets approached by the workers have declined to cover their plight. The Labour Minister has lent them a ear, but that has not resulted in any action.                     

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