Editors Guild of India suspend memberships of MJ Akbar, Tarun Tejpal

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The Editors Guild of India has suspended the membership of former union minister, MJ Akbar, and ex-editor of Tehelka, Tarun Tejpal in view of charges of sexual attack against them.

MJ Akbar

The EGI said in a statement, “Office-bearers of the Guild discussed the EC’s(Executive Committe) comments and took the decision on the matter. It has concurred with the majority view that Mr Akbar should be suspended from the Guild till such time that the court case he has filed is concluded.”

 

The Guild also took similar decision against Tejapl, who’s facing allegations of rape by one of his former colleagues. The statement read, “Using the same logic, the Office-bearers decided that Mr Tejpal too should be suspended from the Guild.”

The statement by the EGI also said that it will write to former DNA and Times of India editor, Gautam Adhikari, to seek his response on the allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

“EGI had sought the views of its Executive Committee on what action should be taken against Mr M.J. Akbar, a dormant member at present and one of its past presidents, Mr Tarun Tejpal and Mr Gautam Adhikari in light of the charges of sexual misconduct levelled against them by several women journalists. Mr Akbar’s lawyer‘s response to the Guild’s show-cause notice was also shared with the EC,” the statement read.

Last month, the inclusion of Akbar, who is facing charges of serious sexual misconduct by nearly two dozen female journalists, in the EGI’s updated list of office-bearers had sparked a fresh row.

 

 

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