Ramana Chary refutes ‘media ban’ reports

HYDERABAD: After the Telangana Government drew heavy flak from journalists and political parties over its plan to ban the entry of media persons into the State Secretariat, Media Advisor K V Ramanachary said here on Friday that there was no such plan.

When a group of journalists called on him to express their concern over media reports to this effect, Mr. Ramanachary said there was no substance in these reports and termed them unfortunate.

The journalists said the entire media fraternity would take to the roads if the ban was put into effect. They recalled that they have played a pivotal role in Telangana movement and fought like anything for statehood. After achieving statehood, the TRS Government was not looking into the problems of the journalists despite making tall promises.

However, Ramanachary maintained that the Chief Minister was not against the scribes and reports are not correct. He said the Chief Minister would visit the Telangana Press Academy on Saturday and discuss issues related to the journalists, he added.

Meanwhile, the Indian Journalists’ Union (IJU) and Telangana State Union of Working Journalists (TUWJ) expressed deep shock over the reported move of the Telangana Government to ban the entry of accredited journalists into the State Secretariat. They described as illogical the Government’s contention that the presence of a large number of journalists in the Secretariat was hindering work.

“We are only against blanket ban on the entry of journalists as it is a violation of the freedom of the media. At the same time, we are not averse to reasonable restrictions on the movement of journalists to avoid crowding of corridors of the secretariat”, they said. They urged Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao to convene a meeting of repress. (NSS)

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