INS condemns Telangana CM’s threat to media సెప్టెంబర్ 20, 2014Posted by Telangana Utsav in Essays.
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TNN | Sep 19, 2014
NEW DELHI: Responding to alleged threats made by Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao, the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) on Thursday said it would resist any efforts to intimidate or harass its member publications.
“Any person with grievance against a publication has legal remedies available for redress. But acts of intimidation and threats of the kind reportedly issued by Rao have no place in a democratic society, especially when they emanate from a person holding a high position. The Society would resist with all the resources at its command any efforts to intimidate or harass member publications,” it said in a statement.
INS said it has noted with “alarm” the statements about media reportedly made by Rao. Earlier, the News Broadcasters Association and the Editors Guild of India had also condemned Rao’s statement.
During a function in Telangana’s Warangal on September 9, Rao had reportedly said, “If anybody tries to denigrate or hurt the self-respect of Telangana, Telangana assembly, Telangana culture… we will break their necks. Be careful. Beware or else we will bury you 10 km (under the earth).”
The Telangana CM’s statement came after the Association of Telangana Multiple System Operators (cable TV operators) blocked the transmission of TV channels ABN Andhra Jyothi and TV9 since June 16, alleging that they had aired programmes “denigrating the Telangana dialect, sentiment and hurting the feelings” of the people of the state.