As TCU Was Preparing the Promised Mini Lion Post Yesterday so that it can be uploaded today, 2 Things happened which forced to postpone the Proposed Mini Lion post to Next week. (1) Muthu Fan’s Reminder and (2) Today Happens to be World Press Freedom Day, Of course.
Now, the Word Press Freedom can be taken in two ways: (1) Freedom of the Press to remind the Governments towards their duty of respect and to uphold the right of freedom of Expression enshrined under Article 19. In other words, Press must have absolute freedom to publish what they perceive to be towards common growth. (2) Freedom By the Press wherein the Editor Has the Moral responsibility to Publish Letter’s / Comments even if they question the Editorial itself, As long as they are written without any Unparliamentarily Words. In other Words, No Screening of them on Bias. It will be Practically impossible to publish all the Letters or Comments received. However, Important Ones (even if they criticise them) are to be published or Acknowledged.
Example for the First Type will be The Indian Express News Paper, which is always been a Straight forward News Paper in the eyes of Yours Truly and many will Acknowledge this without blinking their eyes. Being straight forward can be detrimental to the growth of the Magazine as well, and The Indian Express News Paper Has suffered a Lot in terms of Ad revenues and many other ways which cannot be revealed in a Open forum like this. TCU Salutes The Indian Express News Paper on World Press Freedom Day for Upholding the true meaning of Press Freedom.
Example for the second type will be Our Own Lion Comics. Let me tell you very Openly that there is No Bias involved in this. At the Age when Media Titan’s are Shy of Publishing a refusal letter from a Celebrity Writer (See this Link here), Not Only Lion Comics Has Published a Letter of Two Pages totally Damaging them, But also had the patience to write the answers to the so called queries. Now, the reason for choosing them is very clear. In the Above case of Anandha Vikatan, the news is known to every one because the refusal letter was posted in a Web Site. However, in the Case of Lion Comics, Had the letter not been published Nobody would have noticed except the person who wrote it. Still, The Editor had the Guts to Publish Such a Letter and went on to answer those queries as well.
At this age of Diminishing Ethical Values, When one Publisher is still doing it, Let us Salute them and appreciate the fact that even though they are Small Publishers when compared to other Giants out here, They are Second to None when it comes to Upholding the true meaning of Press Freedom. Mr Vijayan, You are a Champion. Hats Off to you. Here is the Letter and the respective Answer by the editor:
Note: The reason For Not Posting the Refusal letter could be a Management policy or other matter of most importance to the Above cited Magazine and TCU Holds the Above cited Magazine and it’s Wonderful Editorial Team in High Regards and this is not to compare two publications as the cases Vary in Magnitude and meaning.
Wow, That was Really Hot and i can see Loads of Lava and Fire in that. At that Same time, this comment was written by a Fan who has his own opinion and understanding of things and workings. By the way, TCU Has removed the Name and Address of the ComiRade who has written this Hot letter. Had this happened to a Immature Person or Somebody with Bloated Ego, They Would have Straightaway ignored the letter, without realising the facts that by doing so, we do lose out a Quality Reader (Yes, a Normal Comic Fan will not take this much of effort to write Such a Lengthy Letter). All that is required in such circumstances was a Little bit of Common Sense and Usage of the Same.
Here, if the editor Chose to remain silent, then the fan would have thought that his Point of view was Right and will be complaining about the Publisher for the rest of His Life. And One such Fan is enough to create Mayhem among the rest. Well the Editor chose the Right path and went on to answer the queries of the Fan and Clearing all his doubts. Some ComiRades may Argue that in Lion Comics’ Case, the letter was Wrong and hence he can Jolly well Publish the Letter and his set of Answers to it. What if the Letter was Right? Would he still went on to publish so?
Gentlemen, Hold your Horses. Regular ComiRades may Recall many a Time that the editor has accepted the shortcomings from his side when a True Fan points them out. There are many examples to quote that. A Man becomes complete ONLY when he accepts his Shortcomings and acknowledges it. That He did was a Case to prove that This man is a Champion and TCU Salutes him for that. The Editor still had the Guts to Print the Name and complete address of the Writer also in the Book. Here comes the Editor’s Detailed Letter.
Now, that’s what i call a Very Lengthy Letter. Now that the Serious part is over, Let us concentrate on Lighter and better things.
Note 1: July 15 Marks the Silver Jubilee of Mr S Vijayan’s Entry into Tamil Comics World Officially (Many a Thanks to Muthu Fan for Reminding this). And to mark this occasion in a Memorable way, from Today onwards TCU Will post Special Posts on the Grand Achievements of Him in the World of Tamil Comics.
Note 2: Expect a Super Duper Post On July 15th To Mark the Silver Jubilee of Lion Comics.
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