ABN & TV9 ban in Telangana: Scribes held for protest

KV Kurmanath Hyderabad | Updated on September 09, 2014 Published on September 09, 2014

Police arrested several women journalists in front of the Chief Minister’s residence here on Tuesday as they were protesting against the ban on two television channels (TV9 and ABN Andhrajyothy). The police have housed them at the Goshamahal police station.

The two channels have been barred by MSOs (multiple system operators) for the last three months for their alleged anti-Telangana stance. The MSOs refused to budge even after the Central I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar gave them a directive to resume the telecast of the channels.

A group of journalists also protested in Warangal where the Chief Minister attended the birth centenary celebrations of poet Kaloji Narayana Rao. They too were arrested.

At the meeting, the Chief Minister had warned the channels against airing programmes that belittled Telangana.

TV9 had telecast two programmes, both satires on the Telangana legislators and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao, in June. Though the channel apologised to the Telangana people for airing the programmes, the MSOs refused to telecast the programmes of the channels.

Meanwhile, Telangana IT and Panchayatraj Minister K Taraka Rama Rao refused to intervene in the issue. “You have an issue with the MSOs. You would better settle it with them,” he said, answering a query from the reporters of the barred channels.

The reporters attended the meeting with their mouths tied with black ribbons.

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Published on September 09, 2014
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