Unbelievable as it may sound, residents of the town of Mudhol in North Karnataka observed a bandh (shutdown) on Tuesday, September 20, to protest “blackmail journalism” and the growing number of imposters masquerading as journalists to extort money.
According to a report in the Kannada daily Praja Vani, the bandh in the town of 100,000 residents was a “complete success”.
Shops and business establishments downed their shutters for a few hours, and vehicles were off the roads.
The protestors included politicians, farmers, even journalists, and a host of other organisations. They marched to the tahsildar‘s office and presented a memorandum.
One protestor slammed weekly newspapers for bringing a bad name to the entire profession, and another targetted the misuse of the right to information (RTI) Act to ferret out information that was later used for extortion.
Mudhol town is famous for its country-bred hounds used for hunting.
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