Sun TV was founded and owned by Kalanidhi Maran

news Friday, April 01, 2016 - 19:52

Chennai Press Club on Friday sought intervention of Rajesh B Lakhoni, Chief Electoral Officer of Tamil Nadu after a FIR was lodged against Sun TV and the news editor of the channel.

Thiruporur police in Kancheepuram district on Wednesday registered a FIR under non-bailable sections following a complaint by former AIADMK MP and district secretary Chitlapakkam S Rajenderan  in connection with airing a news report about allegations levelled by MDMK Chief Vaiko that container lorries laden with crores of money were stationed in the Jayalalithaa’s Situthavur Bunglow.

The Joint Secretary of the Chennai Press Club, Bharathithamizhan in his letter to CEO informed that incidentally the news was carried by all media outlets and requested him to ensure all the charges against the journalists are dropped.

Calling it a direct assault on media freedom, the press club statement said, “The above mentioned media channel is well within its rights to publish/telecast the news on a representation given by any registered political party to the Election Commission. How is filing an FIR against a channel & journalists justified? Why are journalists bring penalised for merely doing their job & discharging their duties? We at the Chennai Press Club feel that this is an attempt to threaten the media & it's unfortunate that the media is being targeted for doing its duty at a time when Tamil Nadu is witnessing the biggest festival of democracy”.

Sun TV was founded and owned by Kalanidhi Maran who owns the rest of the Sun Group of companies.

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