Panaji: Section of journalists in Goa on Saturday protested outside the inaugural venue of International Film Festival of India for allegedly refusing entry to photojournalists and electronic media to cover the event.
Goa Union of Journalists (GUJ), All Goa Photojournalists Association and Electronic Media association on Saturday held protest outside Dr Shama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium where the festival was inaugurated.
“IFFI organizers have given exclusive rights of coverage of inaugural and closing function to a private channel,” a senior official of GUJ told PTI.
He said that the local media and specially photojournalists and electronic media were not allowed to cover the function.
The journalists had lined up their cameras on the main road outside the venue as a mark of protest.
Several opposition politicians came in support of GUJ.
Independent MLA and former State Minister Rohan Khaunte tweeted “@BJP4Goa run #GoaGovt dims the grandeur of #IFFI by denying entry rights to Goan Media at IFFI and instead favouring a private company. Vociferously opposing this insult of the Fourth Pillar of Democracy and Expressing Total Solidarity to the Media Fraternity.”
Goa Pradesh Youth Congress Committee President Varad Mardolkar tweeted “Strongly condemn the act of the most insensitive #BJPGovernment to deny entry to the Photo Journalists and Electronic Media (GUJ) at the Opening Ceremony of #IFFI52 today. I stand in support of my journalists friends. Shame on @MIB_India @GovtofGoa @goacm.”
When contacted, ESG Vice Chairman Subhash Faldesai was not available for comments.