No restrictions on media coverage of Telangana protest: Police

Last Updated: Saturday, January 8, 2011 - 23:12

Hyderabad: City Police on Saturday denied
allegations that they were imposing restrictions on the media
covering protests against the Justice Srikrishna Committee
report even as they issued a notice to a local news channel
for violating the guidelines issued by the NBA.

"We never imposed any restriction and only guidelines
issued by the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) and
directions issued by the High Court are being implemented,"
City Commissioner of Police A Khan told reporters here.

The police was only implementing the guidelines issued
by the NBA and High Court in public interest, Khan asserted,
replying to a query.

He said the police today issued a notice to a local news
channel for violating the NBA guidelines and keeping a watch
on two more channels.

"We are keeping a watch on the telecast of two more
channels," the City Police Chief said.

Following the stone pelting by students on the OU
campus after protests erupted after the release of the
Srikrishna committee report, 24 police personnel have been
injured during last two days, the Commissioner said adding the
protesters also torched five RTC buses besides damaging eight
more buses.

"So far 12 persons have been arrested including some
students who indulged in stone-pelting and violence," he said.

Replying to another query, the Police Commissioner said
one person has been identified who sent fake SMSs in bulk
(that claimed firing by police and injuries to over 70
students) and he would soon be nabbed.

The media is supposed to follow the guidelines issued by
the NBA, he said.

The NBA has issued eight guidelines which include not to
telecast visuals which are likely to encourage violence or
contains anything against maintenance of law and order and
avoid telecasting unnecessary repetition of sensitive visuals.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, January 8, 2011 - 23:12

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