Journalists in the state have now demanded action against the actors for defaming them in the Nadigar Sangam meeting. The Chennai Press Club (CPC) and the Madras Union of Journalists (MUJ) on Thursday submitted a memorandum to the city police commissioner, demanding action against several leading actors for their speeches at the Nadigar Sangam meeting, reportedly defaming journalists and their family members.
“The Tamil Nadu government should act on our complaint against actors who have defamed not only the journalists but also the female members of their families. Secondly, the government should also withdraw the case against Lenin," CPC joint secretary Bharathithamizan told reporters here.
According to him, the CPC and MUJ will consult lawyers for filing a defamation suit against the actors. “Whether the defamation suit will be filed against the actors here or even in various districts is under discussion," he said.
Said R. Bhagwan Singh, consulting editor of Deccan Chronicle: “Our demand is the withdrawal of the case filed against Lenin. The need of the hour is unity amongst the different journalist bodies to proceed further."
He suggested that a joint action council will be formed with representatives from different journalist organizations that can take decisions collectively. The collective members of various press associations set a 2 days deadline to the Govt to arrest the film actors. If the Govt fails to arrest them before Monday, the journalists associations have decided to stage a dharna and token fast against the govt.