Ajit Pawar denies comments about `stifling` media

Journalists from print and electronic media on Wednesday boycotted the post-cabinet press briefing scheduled to be addressed by the CM, to protest Pawar`s recent remarks against scribes.

Last Updated: Feb 09, 2011, 22:59 PM IST

Mumbai: Denying that he ever made any comments
about `stifling` the media, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister
Ajit Pawar on Wednesday Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan that he
would not accept the blame for what he did not say.

"I have been quoted as saying that journalists should be
thrashed. There is no question of accepting what I have not
said, in the first place", Pawar, who met Chavan, said
in a written explanation to the Chief Minister.

"We look at media with respect as the fourth estate but
there is nothing wrong in expecting that media propagate truth
to the market. Some sections of media are distorting the truth
by deliberately attributing statements which I have not made,
that is why I am making this clarification to you," he said.

Pawar further said the Chief Minister could at any time
check the facts. He assured Chavan of all cooperation in this
matter.

Journalists from print and electronic media on Wednesday
boycotted the post-cabinet press briefing scheduled to be
addressed by the Chief Minister, to protest
Pawar`s recent remarks against scribes.

PTI