After a close door interaction with students and academicians, Mevani had agreed to a short media meet. As soon as the newsmen started getting ready for the event by arranging the microphones, Mevani asked the reporter of Republic TV channel to remove his equipment.
The legislator made it clear that he will not talk in the presence of that TV channel since it was “his policy”.
“We were arranging the microphone. As soon as he saw microphone that had our logo, he asked us to remove it. I told him we want a general byte and not an exclusive. But he refused”, the reporter covering the event told PTI.
“We felt like he was dictating terms. We just sought a byte from him on issues relating to the State (Tamil Nadu)”, he said.
The video released later by the TV channel showed Mevani saying he will not speak if there was a question from that particular channel.
“If a question comes (from that channel) I will stop speaking to anyone. Let the mic be removed”, Mevani said.
Reacting to Mevani’s rider, another TV channel reporter told him: “You cannot demand like that. If you do not want to talk then it is up to you. Thank You.”
TN media asks @jigneshmevani80 to leave...as he wanted a particular channel's mic to be removed from a press conference. Chennai media says 'No need for your Press conference' you can't dictate terms to us.
— Shabbir Ahmed (@Ahmedshabbir20) January 16, 2018
Following the incident, social media was flooded with comments supporting Chennai media for boycotting the event.
Applause???????????????????????? to the #Chennai media for taking a stand agains #JigneshMevani he deserved it!! https://t.co/jqgRgTajtp
— Hemanshu Mistry (@_hemanshu_) January 16, 2018
Bravo Chennai journos, Jignesh Mewani deserved it there. Delhi media watched in silence as Shehla Rashid asked Republic tv out Will they learn any lesson? https://t.co/bPOxYL1EJI
— Ashok K Singh (@kashoksingh) January 16, 2018
More power to journalists in Chennai who stood by @Republic TV journalist @sanjusadagopan when Jignesh Mevani tried to remove him for press event. Journalists united to boycott the politician to teach him a lesson. Delhi Media should take a leaf out of this episode.
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) January 16, 2018
Journos from Chennai has set example of Solidarity & Rejected arrogance of Jignesh Mevani. He demanded removal of Republic Journalist at his press conference but all Journalists walked out & said We don't want your conference. Tamil Nadu Journos showed they're beyond TRP & Agenda
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) January 16, 2018
(With PTI inputs)