Minister of state for external affairs VK Singh on Saturday apologised for referring to journalists as “presstitutes” but said his expression of regret was meant for the “good” media and not those who “did the wrong thing”.
During an appearance on a TV show, the former army chief said, "If the responsible and good media thinks that it has been offended by a single word of mine, I tender my apology here publicly to that media, but not to those who did the wrong thing."
Singh, who led the massive operation to evacuate thousands of Indians from war-torn Yemen, was recently embroiled in controversies over his tweets regarding the media and his attendance of the Pakistan Day function last month as the Indian government’s representative.
After the media reported his tweets, he had said in a post on Twitter: “Friends what do you expect from presstitutes.”
In another tweet, Singh said, “If simple remark that media finds Yemen less exciting than my attending PAK day is contorted out of shape then SOS GOD #Pressititutes.”
On Saturday, Singh said during the TV show, "I think my word does not apply to 95% of media, which acts responsibly and understands that this word was not meant for them...I had named the person whom I had attacked (on Twitter)."
He added, "I never generalised (about the media). Those who are well-read will know the true meaning, they will not deduce the incorrect meaning."