File photo of Jignesh Mevani. Photograph:( DNA )
In a show of solidarity, all the TV journalists at a press conference being addressed by new Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani left the conference after he asked one of them to leave.
The conference was being held in Chennai.
Mevani was interacting with students and academicians in Qaid-e-Millat International Academy of Media Studies in Chennai, after which he held a press meet, from which he asked the reporter -- from an English TV news channel -- to remove his equipment and leave.
He further said that he would not talk in presence of that reporter as it is "his policy."
The reporter said that as he was setting up his mic, Mevani saw his TV channel's logo and asked him to leave. PTI reported the reporter as saying that he just wanted a general byte but Mevani refused to talk to him.
The other reporters at the conference then told Mevani that he could not dictate terms to journalists and left the conference.
Dear Chennai media, thanks for standing united against Jignesh Mevani. High time that activists and politicians stop dictating terms at press conferences, selectively humiliating field reporters for the supposed sins of their masters. @Ahmedshabbir20 @dhanyarajendran https://t.co/vzxlC9Vdt0— Chandra R. Srikanth (@chandrarsrikant) January 16, 2018
One has rights to ignore a question during a press conference if he/she doesn't like it, But they don't have rights to order a channel to leave the place itself @jigneshmevani80 & thanks for all Chennai journos who stood for solidarity! @Ahmedshabbir20 @Lokpria @nimumurali— Sanjeevee sadagopan (@sanjusadagopan) January 16, 2018