2 Leading Journalists bodies express shock over KCR Remarks
Two leading journalists’ bodies on Thursday expressed shock and concern over Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s remarks threatening to “bury the media 10-km under the earth” if it “insults” telangana state
Editors Guild of India and News Broadcasters Association issued separate statements in which they said KCR remarks and the recent anti-media actions taken by the Telangana government were a direct attack on the freedom of expression.
In a statement, Editors Guild of India President N Ravi said the guild “views with deep concern the recent spate of anti-media actions by the Chief Minister and the Government of Telangana, reflecting an intolerance that is antithetical to the functioning of a democracy.”
“The latest incident relates to the Chief Minister himself attacking sections of the media which he sees as opposed to the culture of Telangana, even going to the extent of saying that such media should be buried 10 kilometres deep.
Describing the remarks of Telangana CM a direct attack on right to freedom of speech and expression, News Broadcasters Association (NBA) said it was shocked at the threats made.
Information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar said on Thursday that the Centre will take stern action within two days against the multiple service operators in Telangana, who have stopped airing two local channels – TV9 and ABN Andhra Jyothy for about three months.
American media watchdog also condemned the detention of journalists in the newly-carved Telangana state and asked its Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to stop using incendiary language against the press.