Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
on Saturday declined to comment on Press Council Chairman Justice
Markandey Katju`s statement that the press did not enjoy
freedom in the state and was harassed if they wrote against
"I am not required to offer any comment," Kumar told
reporters on the sidelines of the 87th foundation day of the
Patna Medical College Hospital here.
However, Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey, who was
also present said, "Press enjoys full freedom in Bihar".
"We will congratulate Katjusaheb if he sees only the
issue of freedom of press instead of finding out what is
happening in Bihar and the steps taken by Nitish Kumar for
development with justice in the state," he said.
After slamming Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj
Chavan over attacks on journalists in the state, Katju had
yesterday targeted the Bihar government alleging the media in
the state was harassed if it wrote against the government.