Tamil Nadu withdraws 90 defamation cases filed against journalists, media houses

Tamil Nadu withdraws 90 defamation cases filed against journalists, media houses

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin Thursday issued orders withdrawing 90 defamation cases filed against journalists and media organisations from 2012 till February 2021. The cases were filed by the previous AIADMK government against English and Tamil dailies, weekly magazines and television channels.

Tamil Nadu government said that DMK’s election manifesto promised that all defamation cases filed against journalists would be withdrawn if elected to power. Now fulfilling that promise, Chief Minister MK Stalin has withdrawn all the 90 defamation cases, it added.

According to the statement, cases were slapped against editors of TV and newspapers, publishers, and even against people who gave interviews. Among them, four cases were filed against the editor of The Hindu, five against the editor of Times of India and one against The Economic Times.

As far as Tamil media are concerned, it was mentioned that 23 cases were slapped against the editor of weekly Tamil Magazine Nakheeran, 17 against the editor of Murasoli, the mouthpiece of DMK, 12 against the editor of Tamil daily Dinamalar, 11 against the editor of weekly magazine Junior Vikatan, nine against Ananda Vikatan and four against Tamil daily Dinakaran.

Cases that were filed against English and Tamil news channels such as NDTV, Times Now, Puthiya Thalaimurai, News 7, Sathyam, Captain and Kalaignar have also been taken back.

Several journalists took to Twitter to thank Chief Minister Stalin for withdrawing the cases.

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