Boycotting Maoists

IN Media Watch Briefs | 16/12/2013

The Hindu reports that about 200 journalists, mostly from the seven districts of Bastar in Chhattisgarh, have decided to boycott news related to Maoists. This step comes in response to the December 6 killing of journalist Sai Reddy. They convened a protest meeting on Saturday and unanimously decided to stop publishing and broadcasting Maoist press releases, unless the CPI(Maoists) clarified its position in respect of the death of Reddy.

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