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Scribes boycott J&K Assembly proceedings for 2nd day

chandigarh Updated: Feb 28, 2012 16:00 IST

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Mediapersons covering Jammu and Kashmir Assembly session boycotted the proceedings for the second consecutive day on Tuesday in protest against Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone's remarks that it was under his control .

The protesters, both from print and electronic media, on Tuesday morning again assembled outside the Assembly complex and sat on dharna demanding the Speaker to expunge his remarks.

The Speaker's remarks came on Monday on the floor of the House when the opposition raised objection over a report in a local English daily levelling corruption charges against Jammu and Kashmir health department without disclosing the source.

"There are ethics of journalism and they must disclose the source. They (media) have no right to publish any report against anybody as they are under my control," the Speaker had said.

The PDP had also moved adjournment motion on Monday to suspend routine business and discuss the issue with the Speaker, who rejected it.

"We are with you and we have also boycotted the Assembly session for today," Nizam-ud-Din Bhat, a senior party leader told reporters.

He, however, said the next course of action would be decided by the party in the evening.

Earlier, minister for law and parliamentary affairs Mohammad Ali Sagar accompanied by JKNPP leader Harsh Dev Singh on behalf of the government appealed to the mediapersons to resume their duties in the press gallery but in vain.