Should a citizen have the freedom to choose the newspaper they want to read?
Many celebrities joined hand to show solidarity against the on-going strike by a section of newspaper agents at Kozhikode by selling newspapers. Minister for social welfare M K Muneer and a host of prominent personalities expressed solidarity with the public resentment against the denial of the right to information.
Amongst the city's known social, literary, and political figures who were seen selling the newspaper and helping in the distribution drive were writers U K Kumaran and K P Sudheera former minister P Sankaran, corporation opposition leader M T Padma, president of Malabar Chamber of Commerce, P G Anoop Narayanan, noted historian Dr M G S Narayanan etc.
Such a strike raises an important issue of denial of the fundamental right of citizens to know. As democracy depends on an informed public, denial of information leads to a totalitarian regime. The rising of the prominent citizens raises a hope for the country that they would rise against any denial of the right to information.