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Goa Speaker rules breach of privilege against two dailies

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 17:32

Panaji: Goa Legislative Assembly Speaker Pratapsingh Rane on Wednesday ruled a breach of privilege against two daily newspapers for misinterpreting the speech of a ruling legislator.
Congress legislator Agnelo Fernandes had moved the breach
of privilege motion against the two newspapers who had
reportedly misinterpreted his speech in their news items which
appeared today.

Fernandes said that while lambasting the police for their
failure on law and order front, he had said, "If this
goes on, this government will not be called the government of
`aam admi,` it will be called government of pimp and drug

The MLA said that it appears that some reporters at the
behest of their political masters were misinterpreting the
MLAs` speeches.

Ruling on the motion, the Speaker termed the mistake as
`serious`. The press has misinterpreted the speech of
honorable member Agnelo Fernandes which has sent wrong signals
to the public across the state, Rane said.

Communication of proceedings in the House is paramount
importance but freedom of press carries responsibility, he

"The said newspapers have no right to misinterpret the
speeches of members. I warn that both newspapers tender
their apology on prominent place for malafide misreporting,"
the Speaker ruled.

Rane also advised the journalists not to play Naradmuni
(saint known for creating quarrels in Hindu epics) "Don`t try
to become Naradmudis here. Dont try to bring misunderstanding
between ministers and Speaker," he added.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 17:32
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