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Press Club of India supports media boycott of Kangana

July 15, 2019

Kangana Ranaut continues to face the outrage from media persons for lashing out at a reporter during a press conference. Now, the Press Club of India has said it supports the decision of the Entertainment Journalists Guild to boycott the actor for refusing to apologise for her comments.

In a statement, members of the Press Club of India said they are anguished and shocked at the incident and condemned Kangana's behaviour and language towards journalist Justin Rao.

We the Press Club of India are aghast, anguished and shocked at the incident involving an actress of Bollywood using uncivilised, uncultured, filthy and abusive language against the media persons. We condemn it in the strongest possible words. This behaviour 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. - Press Club of India

The Mumbai Press Club had earlier called out Kangana's behaviour as well. In a press release it said, Kangana had accused the journalist of running a "smear campaign" against her and her last release Manikarnika. Instead of saying sorry, the release said, Rangoli Chandel, Kangana's sister and manager, launched an "abusive" attack against the media on Twitter.

While Ekta Kapoor, the producer of JudgeMentall Hai Kya has apologised for the incident, Kangana has refused to do so. The Press Club of India also appealed to Bollywood at large saying, "We ask the saner and civilised members of the Bollywood to prevail upon these uncivilised, uncultured and unruly elements and entities of their industry. We hope and expect that the sanity and wisdom will prevail."

On 7 July, Kangana had accused the journalist Justin Rao of writing negatively about her film Manikarnika. The journalist denied the allegations and Kangana's claim that he personally messaged her and spent three hours in her vanity van.

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