Following the stand taken by the Entertainment Journalist Guild and Mumbai Press Club, the Press Club of India has also issued a statement against a leading Bollywood actress for hurling abuses at PTI journalist Justin Rao. The actress launched an attack on the reporter during the song launch of her upcoming film Judgementall Hai Kya. Her abusive language and the subsequent uncivilized tweets from her sister have not gone down too well with the entertainment journalists.
The Press Club of India issued a statement that read, “We the Press Club of India are aghast, anguished and shocked at the incident involving an actress of Bollywood using uncivilized, uncultured, filthy and abusive language against the Media persons. We condemn it in the strongest possible words. This behavior and hurling abuses towards journalists is unacceptable. We support the decision of the boycott by the journalists covering the entertainment industry in Mumbai namely Entertainment Journalists Guild. We extend our support to the Mumbai Press Club for undertaking thorough inquiry of the matter. Lastly, we, the Press Club of India wish to appeal to the saner and civilized members of the Bollywood to prevail upon these uncivilized, uncultured and unruly elements and entities of their industry. We hope and expect that the sanity and wisdom will prevail.”
The TV Journalists' Association has also condemned the insulting statements made by the actress who also in the recent press conference criticized the entertainment journalist Justin Rao as well as the media fraternity. The TV Journalists’ Association’s statement read, “Today journalist and media are known as the fourth pillar of democracy and every person across the globe has right to express themselves, especially in world's largest democracy of India and no one can stop them. Even the actress’ associate should show restraint in targeting the media. Hence, TV Journalist Association is supporting the initiative which the Entertainment Journalist Guild has started, and we demand that the actress apologize.”
It remains to be seen whether the actress tenders an apology since she has previously refused to do so. However, she might change her stand after the boycott.