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RJD asks Governor to direct Bihar govt to lift censorship

Last Updated: Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 19:27

Patna: A RJD delegation on Thursday urged Bihar
governor D Konwar to direct the state government to lift,
what they described as, "undeclared censorship on the media".

A six-member delegation of RJD led by its state president
Abdul Bari Siddiqui and deputy leader in the state assembly
Shakeel Ahmed Khan called on Konwar at Rajbhavan this evening.
Later, talking to reporters, Khan said it was unfortunate
that the Nitish Kumar government had stopped giving
advertisements to newspapers thrice during the past over four
years.

Citing examples, Khan said Kumar had for the first
time stopped giving government advertisements to newspapers
soon after coming to powers and then banned advertisements
when the media started highlighting the state government`s
alleged failure leading to breach of embankment by turbulent
Kosi at Kusaha in Nepal in 2008 devastating the Kosi belt.
The state government, he alleged, had stopped
advertisements after media publicity against the deteriorating
law and order in Bihar for the third time.

"We are opposed to the autocratic style of functioning of
the state governmment", Khan said.

The RJD also organised a sit-in demonstration
before the J P roundabout here to lodge protest against the
state government for censoring media.

PTI

First Published: Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 19:27

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