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Journalists call for boycott of lawyers

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Kochi | Published: July 28, 2016 8:12:43 PM

Protesting against the restriction imposed on the media from covering court proceedings, Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) today called for a boycott of advocates and their programmes in the state.

They alleged that advocates use the media for fame, praise them secretly, but reject them publicly. (PTI)They alleged that advocates use the media for fame, praise them secretly, but reject them publicly. (PTI)

Protesting against the restriction imposed on the media from covering court proceedings, Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) today called for a boycott of advocates and their programmes in the state.

However, the state committee of KUWJ said reporters would continue to cover the court proceedings.

“Media fraternity will boycott the lawyers and their programmes in protest against preventing them from covering court proceedings,” KUWJ office bearers said her.

They alleged that advocates use the media for fame, praise them secretly, but reject them publicly.

“No programmes of such advocates will be covered by the media,” KUWJ President P A Abdul Gafoor and Secretary C Narayanan said.

They also appealed to the high court judges to take steps to provide media access to the courts judgements and that of lower courts in order to ensure accuracy in reporting.

The move comes as sequel to the tiff between journalists and lawyers of Kerala High Court on July 19 and 20, over recent media coverage of an alleged bid by a government pleader to molest a woman in the city.

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