New Delhi: Press Council Chairman Justice Markandey
Katju, who faced a walk out by four publisher members from its
meeting on Thursday, has maintained that his controversial
remarks were not directed against the entire media but
only about a majority.
The Council, in a statement, late last night said the
publisher members of the Council, representing the Indian
Newspaper Society (INS), demanded at the outset that Justice
Katju should apologise for his remarks that the majority of
media are of poor intellectual level and they threatened that
if he does not apologise they will walk out.
"At this, Justice Katju said that he will not apologise,
and that he had not made any remark against the entire media
but only about a majority.
"He also said that he never used the word uneducated or
illiterate, but said that the majority are of a poor
intellectual level," the Council statement said.
Publisher members, Dr R Lakshmipathy (Dinamalar), VK Chopra (Filmi Duniya), Sanjay Gupta (Jagran) and Vijay Kumar Chopra (Punjab Kesri), strongly protested against the Chairman`s remarks and walked out when he refused to withdraws
It also claimed that Minister of State for Parliamentary
Affairs Rajiv Shukla did not walk out during the council meet
and stated that such reports were factually incorrect.
The statement also denied that Justice Katju asked
members of the Council to walk out when he refused to
apologise for his earlier remarks as demanded by them.
"....He (Justice Kaul) further said that he should not
be threatened, and if these members wanted to walk out, they
were at liberty to do so. He never told them to walk out or
get out," the statement said.