Indian Newspaper Society condemns news agent strike in Kerala

New Delhi: Ashish Bagga, president of
The Indian Newspaper Society (INS), has denounced the indefinite strike
by newspaper agents set to start in Kerala Tuesday as an assault on
media freedom.

“The indefinite strike is a jolt to the freedom of
the press and the liberty of the reader to read newspaper of one’s
choice,” Bagga said in a statement here.

“Hence, INS appeals to
the public of Kerala to understand the clandestine motives of those
behind the strike and support the newspapers in their attempt to uphold
the freedom of the press.

“INS also appeals to all the agents to ignore the strike call and to distribute the newspapers without fear or favour.”

Bagga
said that while most agents did not favour the strike, a minority was
threatening them. “They are also threatening the hawkers, and vehicle
owners as well as workers involved in transportation of newspapers.”

He
said although trade discounts offered by all Malayalam newspapers were
identical, “they have excluded some political party newspapers from the
strike, thereby exposing (their) political motives”.

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