Compiled by JUNAID IBRAHIM, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN
THE Tamil Nadu state government will drop 90 defamation cases filed against media organisations by the previous administration, Makkal Osai reported.
The cases were initiated by the AIADMK government with some apparently dating back to 2012.
DMK leader MK Stalin had promised in his election manifesto that he would drop the cases if his party came into power.
DMK won the state by a landslide victory in May and Stalin became the chief minister.
The editors, printers and distributors of various newspapers and journalists and interviewees of TV news channels are believed to have been named in the lawsuits.
The Nakkeran daily had a record of 23 cases against it, Murasoli was facing 17, while Thinamalar had 12.
Prestigious national dailies were also not spared with Times of India facing five cases, The Hindu had four while the Economic Times is facing one lawsuit.
Seven TV stations are also facing numerous defamation cases.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.