As former journo MJ Akbar stepped down from the post of junior Minister of foreign affairs, the Editors Guild of India has come out in support of the 20 women journalists who have alleged against Akbar.
MJ Akbar had to step down in view of the rising pressure from these women journalists and their allegations of sexual misconduct and molestation during their time with Akbar in news media organizations.
It need be mentioned that the top body of editors representing the media industry expressed its concern over Mr Akbar’s defamation case against one of the journalists Priya Ramani.
The Editors Guild of India appealed for the case to be withdrawn.
“We hope that Mr Akbar will also display the grace to withdraw the criminal defamation case he has filed against one of these complainants.
While Mr Akbar is entitled to all legal instruments available to a citizen to seek vindication, it would be paradoxical for a veteran editor to employ the instrument of criminal defamation,” the Editors Guild said in a statement.
Incidentally, MJ Akbar was the president of the Editors Guild.
MJ Akbar has sued journalist Priya Ramani, the first woman to name him in the #MeToo movement in India, accusing her of “intentionally putting forward malicious, fabricated and salacious” allegations to harm his reputation.
A Delhi court will hear the hear the case today.>