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Mahua Moitra defends ‘two paisa press’ comment, says journalist intruded on TMC meeting

KOLKATA – Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra on Wednesday defended her comment about the media, saying a journalist had intruded on an internal party meeting without permission, as per reports. Moitra’s comments came after a controversy erupted when the TMC leader described a journalist as a member of the “two paisa press”. In a video widely circulated on social media, the Krishnanagar MP can be seen gesticulating to a person to leave the venue of the meeting, held in Nadia district on Sunday, after he introduced himself as a reporter. “Who has called du poisar [two paisa worth] press here?” she can be heard saying. “Do remove these elements from the venue. Some of our party members invite such people to closed-door meetings to see their faces on TV. This is not done.” The Kolkata Press Club issued a statement condemning Moitra’s comment. “In a democratic set up, the importance of journalism and the respect it commands is known to all,” the press body said. “Journalists braving adverse situations as part of their professional struggle and social responsibility are respected by globally.

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