CPI(M) mouth piece snipes at Editors Guild

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi, Jul 11 | Updated: Jul 12 2007, 05:12am hrs
The CPI(M) Kerala state units growing apathy to the media was on display again, in a hard-hitting editorial in its mouthpiece, Deshabhimani. Counterattacking the Editors Guilds protest against the threats to the Mathrubhumi daily and its editor K Gopalakrishnan, the editorial claimed that the Guilds statement is biased and baseless. The party organ also asked the Guild to first advise the Mathrubhumi to stop its hate campaign against the CPI(M) and its state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan.

Vijayan had recently criticised the Mathrubhumi and its editor for trying to defame the party. The CPI(M) will not be ruined if the Mathrubhumi writes something against it, he had said at a public function.

Later, based on intelligence reports, the state government had provided police security for Gopalakrishnan.

The Editors Guild, while condemning the threats to the Mathrubhumi editor, had said on Monday that it appears to be a crude and irresponsible response to the journalistic work in a newspaper.

The threats of retaliation and punishment issued by CPI(M) state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan to Mathrubhumi are a direct affront to the freedom of the press, the statement had added.

Reacting to the Guilds statement, the Deshabhimani in its editorial said, Our perception on Editors Guild was that it is a responsible organisation which understands and responds to issues in an objective manner. It has stooped down to the standards of Mathrubhumi. The Guilds response is unwarranted and untimely.