Cong, BJP slam Kejri's move to act tough against media

Cong, BJP slam Kejri's move to act tough against media

The Delhi government’s attempt to take strict action against media for allegedly anti-administration reports has invited strong criticism from the BJP and the Congress on Sunday. 

In a recent circular, the government asked its officials to lodge a complaint with the Principal Secretary (Home) if they come across any news item which damages the reputation of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal or the government. 

The circular was issued by the Directorate of Information and Publicity, which was recently tasked to monitor the media coverage to detect misreporting. 

The opposition parties have criticised the Kejriwal government’s attempts to gag or threaten the media. 

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said: “As soon as his party came to power, he had stopped media’s entry in the building (Secretariat). He should not have a problem with the media as his party came to power with their help.”

Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay condemned the AAP government for issuing a “draconian circular” which amounts to a veiled threat to the media to stop doing stories exposing misdeeds of the government.

“Arvind Kejriwal and his circus is dual-faced, having no faith in democracy, constitutional institutions, freedom of speech and moral values. For Kejriwal and his coterie these were just electoral points,” said Upadhyay.

Kejriwal has always been a dictatorial anarchist and after his 67 seat victory in Delhi Assembly polls his true colours are there before the people and the media to see, he said.

‘Stooping to any low’Upadhyay said the day he accused media of using the farmer Gajendra Singh’s suicide issue for pushing up TRP ratings, it was very clear that Kejriwal can stoop to any lows to save his face and this draconian circular is a part of his anarchist ways to gag media and political opponents alike.

The Kejriwal government issued instructions that officials should look out for incidents of misreporting. They have been told bring to the notice of the home department the factual inaccurate news reports and give reasons for believing that it will harm the reputation of the person against whom the imputation has been made

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