In a statement, Vijayan, who also holds the Home portfolio, directed police to take stern action against persons who attacked journalists when they were trying to take visuals of BJP workers arrested in connection with the post-poll political violence at Nellayi in Palakkad district.

It was the responsibility of the government to protect freedom of press, Vijayan said adding any action curbing the same would be firmly dealt with.

"There will be no compromise on that," he said. A group of media persons were attacked allegedly by BJP workers at the Ottappalam Court complex here when police brought six party workers, arrested in connection with post-assembly poll clashes, to be produced in the court.

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