Karnataka to restrict media coverage in state assembly1 min read . Updated: 09 Oct 2019, 11:11 PM IST
- The arrangement will come into effect from Thursday when the three-day assembly session starts
- Private news channels can link themselves to Doordarshan if they wish to show happenings inside the House
Bengaluru: The B.S. Yediyurappa-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday proposed restrictions on media covering the winter session of the assembly, set to begin on Thursday.
It proposed a ban on cameras of private news channels inside the legislature, prompting an opposition attack on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
“Correspondents will be allowed but private news cameras will be banned," said a senior official of the Karnataka information department.
The restrictions are along the lines of the Parliament where one live feed is provided for private news channels to share, said the official mentioned above.
“The U-turn policy of @BJP4Karnataka are in the fore again. While in Opposition BJP used to shed crocodile tears for free media @BSYBJP had threatened to go on dharna for freedom of press. When in power media has been barred from streaming the assembly session. Such a shameful act," the Congress in Karnataka posted on its twitter handle.
Incumbent deputy chief minister Laxman Savadi and two others were caught watching porn by private news channels inside the Karnataka legislative assembly in 2012 during the BJP’s first stint in office.
C.C. Patil, another member of Yediyurappa’s cabinet, was also caught watching porn, which the three legislators at the time said was for “educational purposes" and to gather information about the rave party culture.