The protesters included senior editors who staged the demonstration outside Chennai Press Club here carrying placards and banners that read "Save Journalists, Save Freedom, Save Democracy", "Attack on journalists at Patiala House court complex yesterday was 'anti-national'".

The journalists, belonging to various media organisations, condemned the beating up of their Delhi counterparts by groups of advocates, and the alleged inaction of the Delhi police.

They urged the Centre to take action against the 'goons' who attacked the media representatives in Delhi besides urging it to protect freedom of expression.

Journalists, students and teachers of JNU were beaten up allegedly by groups of lawyers, drawing criticism from the press amidst calls to the Home Ministry to look into the dereliction of duty by police, which has been accused of being a mute spectator during the incident.

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