Public Pressure Forces Government to Lift Ban on Media
The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India issued following statement on March 07, 2020 saying that the government is forced to lift the 48-hour ban on two Malayalam channels:
The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India takes note of the fact that the central government under pressure has lifted the 48-hour ban on two Malayalam news channels — Asianet News and Media One — imposed on them for their coverage of the Delhi riots, which the ministry in its orders said, could enhance communal disharmony. Both the channels went off air from 7.30 p.m. on March 6 and are now on air today.
Party is shocked to learn that in a seven-page order, the I&B ministry has indicted Asianet for stating that the central government did not act to control the riots and that Central forces reached the riot-hit areas after long hours of the meeting of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and severely condemns the imposition of the ban.
One is reminded of the emergency days and the present government too wants to suppress the truth reaching the people. The party warns the RSS-BJP controlled Modi government of dire consequences if they do not desist from such fascist moves.
The party also urges the people to be vigilant and be ready to come out on street to protect such attacks on the media in future.