Media barred from covering Metropolis meet

K V Kurmanath Hyderabad | Updated on October 07, 2014 Published on October 07, 2014


The Metropolis has kept media away as it kicked off the eleventh edition of the global conference here on Tuesday.

About 100 reporters from the print and electronic media, who went to cover the event at the HICC in Madhapur, have been asked to sit in a building which is about 1.5 km from the venue and watch the proceedings through video streaming.

The meet is being attended by mayors, urban administrators from different countries.

A government source said it was the Telangana government decision to keep the media away from the proceedings as it expects protests by some journalists on gagging of two Telugu channels.

TV9 and ABN Andhra Jyothi have been blocked out in Telangana for their alleged anti-Telangana stance.

Reporters from these channels have been attending meetings with their mouths tied with black ribbons as a mark of protest.

The K Chandrasekhara Rao government is worried that, if allowed, they would continue the protests, embarrassing the government.

Published on October 07, 2014
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