New Delhi: The Press Club of India on July 13 said it supports the Entertainment Journalists Guild’s boycott of actor Kangana Ranaut, for refusing to apologise after lashing out at a PTI reporter during a press conference.
Members of the Press Club of India said in a statement they are anguished and shocked at the incident, and condemned Ranaut’s behaviour and language towards PTI journalist Justin Rao.
“We the Press Club of India are aghast, anguished and shocked at the incident involving an actress of Bollywood using uncivilised, uncultured, filthy and abusive language against the media persons. We condemn it in the strongest possible words. This behaviour and hurling abuses towards journalists is unacceptable.
“We support the decision of the boycott by the journalists covering the entertainment industry in Mumbai namely Entertainment Journalists Guild,” the statement read.
On July 12, the Mumbai Press Club had also condemned Ranaut’s behaviour towards the news media, particularly the PTI journalist.
In a release, it said Ranaut accused the journalist of running a “smear campaign” against her and her last release Manikarnika. Instead of making amends, the release added, Rangoli Chandel, Ranaut’s sister and manager, launched an “abusive” attack against news media on Twitter.
While JudgeMentall Hai Kya producer Ekta Kapoor apologised for the incident, Ranaut has refused to do so.
“The Entertainment Journalists’ Guild, which first raised the issue, has pointed out that this is not the first time Ms Ranaut and her manager-sister have insulted and abused journalists. It has become part of their unprofessional conduct,” the release said.
The Press Club of India also extended their support to the Mumbai Press Club for undertaking a thorough enquiry into the matter.
“The Press Club of India wish to appeal to the saner and civilised members of Bollywood to prevail upon these uncivilised, uncultured and unruly elements and entities of their industry. We hope and expect that sanity and wisdom will prevail,” the statement further read.
Rangoli Chandel, on July 11, had said on Twitter that Entertainment Journalists Guild was an “unregistered and unrecognised forum which has neither gotten any legal sanctity nor any legal standing”, and Kangana would “get their shop shut and send them to jail”.
She had also put up a statement by her lawyers, asking the Entertainment Journalists Guild to “immediately demonstrate through their actions whether they want to work against the guidelines that are binding on them.”
(with PTI inputs)
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