CHENNAI:CPM State secretary G Ramakrishnan, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) leader Thol Thirumavalavan, Madras Union of Journalists and the Madras Reporters Guild on Saturday condemned the Centre’s rejection of applications for Sun TV Group to participate in Phase III of FM auctions and urged the Centre to reconsider its decision.
Ramakrishnan, in a statement, said if a company commits economic offences, it should be legally enquired and appropriate action taken. However, hindering the business of any company citing unsubstantiated allegations is an unfair act. He said the action of the Centre with regard to Sun TV was part of its efforts to strangulate freedom of expression.
VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan said there had been no complaints against the Sun TV group regarding national security issues. Until the outcome of the cases against Sun TV group is known, the Centre should desist from taking any unfair action against it.
The Madras Reporters Guild urged the Union Home Ministry to review its decision on denying security clearance to Sun Network which could result in a ban and closure of media companies under this group.
The Madras Union of Journalists too expressed similar views and asked the Centre to give up its attempt to freeze the operations of Sun TV.