Mediapersons stage protest against Ahmedabad police chief

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Ahmedabad, Jun 2 (UNI) Showing solidarity with fellow scribes and for protection of 'Freedom of Expression' right, a large number of mediapersons today staged a demonstration in front of the office of City Police Commissioner O P Mathur.

The media fraternity shouted slogans and displayed placards to register their protest against Mr Mathur, who was recently appointed by the Gujarat Home Department.

Last week, the local edition of The Times of India had carried a series of articles against Mr Mathur, exposing his alleged links with underworld since early 1980s.

Mr Mathur has filed two police complaints with Navrangpura Police Station, charging the TOI's Resident Editor Bharat Desai and correspondent Prashant Dayal with criminal conspiracy and sedition.

The media fraternity also garnered support from NGOs and local leaders. The mediapersons also blocked the road in front of the police commissioner's office during the protest.

A senior NGO activist termed the police chief's action as ''an attempt to suppress the Freedom of Press''.

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