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TN Assembly drops privilege action against newspapers

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Chennai , July 30

THE Tamil Nadu Assembly on Friday dropped the privilege action brought by it against The Hindu and another newspaper last November.

The resolution to drop the privilege action moved by the Finance Minister, Mr C. Ponnaiyan, was passed by a voice vote.

On November 11, 2003, the Assembly passed a resolution sentencing The Hindu's Publisher, Editor, Executive Editor and two senior journalists, and the Editor of the Tamil newspaper Murasoli to 15-days' simple imprisonment for publishing an editorial based on news reports.

It may be recalled that after the Lok Sabha elections, the Chief Minister, Ms Jayalalithaa, in a statement, had said the Government would drop the cases against newspapers and that it would also recommend to the Assembly to drop the privilege issue against The Hindu and Murasoli.

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