April 20, 2018
Statement issued by journalist organizations
The Indian Women’s Press Corps, Press Club of India, Federation of Press Clubs in India and Press Association condemn in strongest terms the disparaging, derogatory and defamatory remarks made by Tamil Nadu BJP leader S.Ve. Shekar on the social media about women journalists.
These regressive remarks reflect a certain conservative mindset and a deep-rooted patriarchal bias towards all women especially working women.
Women journalists, like all working women have had to struggle hard to establish themselves in a male dominated industry. In addition, they also shoulder the double burden and dual responsibility of the home-front and workplace.
These remarks are totally unacceptable to the journalist community. We demand that these remarks should be withdrawn and an unconditional apology be tendered by S. Ve Shekar. We also expect that the political party to which he belongs to will take strict disciplinary action against him.
We also view with serious concern the sustained trolling of Tamil Nadu based journalist Lakshmi Subramanian and the threats issued to her following her complaint regarding the Tamil Nadu governor’s objectionable conduct.
Indian Women’s Press Corps
Press Club of India
Federation of Press Clubs of India