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Preventing media covering court proceedings not acceptable: CM

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

Chief Minister today said there is no bar on journalists to report proceedings and called the action of a section of lawyers obstructing reporting unacceptable. Inaugurating the state meeting of Union of Working Journalist here, Vijayan said government would take action against those violating in this regard. "There was no bar for journalists to report proceedings and action of some lawyers putting obstruction in reporting cannot be accepted," Vijayan said. His statement comes a day after some lawyers dragged out media persons who went at the Vigilance in Thiruvananthapuram to cover the hearing of a petition against former Industries Minister E P Jayarajan on an appointment row. "Advocates have no right to decide who should enter courts and who should not. The complex belongs to the country.

It is part of judiciary and advocates have no right over it", he said. "It is also a misunderstanding that advocates have a small power that of judge", he said. Preventing journalists amounted to causing hindrance to freedom of the press, he said, adding, the advocates should understand that it was violation of It is the duty and responsibility of the government to take steps to protect of the land, he added. Vijayan also explained the initiatives taken by him in ending the standoff between media and a section of lawyers by holding discussion with High Chief Justice recently. A group of lawyers, angered over a media report about a government pleader allegedly misbehaving with a woman, had chased some media persons away and media have not been able to go to the High to report its proceedings since July 19.' A media delegation of Editors from had recently met President Pranab Mukherjee and brought to his notice the issues faced by journalists with regard to reporting. The delegation had informed the President about the closure of media room inside the High in Kochi and at other courts in the state and the efforts by the Chief Justice to find an amicable solution to the problem. He said after the discussion he had with the Chief Justice, the High Registrar General had informed that there was no bar for media to cover proceedings. Despite the assurance, the attack on journalist at the Vigilance yesterday is not acceptable, he said. Vijayan said that efforts should be made to isolate those trying to create problems. Meanwhile, police have registered a case in connection with yesterday's attack on journalists at the Vigilance

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First Published: Sat, October 15 2016. 15:02 IST