K’taka govt may ban private channels in House

Karnataka government did not rule out banning private television cameras inside the House.

New Delhi: Embarrassed over the porngate
scandal in the Assembly, Karnataka government on Thursday did not
rule out banning private television cameras inside the House
saying the presiding officers want to emulate Parliament`s
media policy.

Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda, however, said the
government would not restrain the media from entering or
covering the Assembly and the Council.

"I do not want to make any comments on this. We never
wanted to invade the individuality of the media. We are
thinking on the lines of Parliamentary system (where private
television channel cameras are not allowed)," he told
reporters at the Karnataka Bhawan.

Gowda cancelled a scheduled press conference at the last
minute and no reason was given by Karnataka Government
officials for the change.

He also said the proposal to ban private television
channels from covering the proceedings was "not new" and now
the Speaker and Chairman have decided to take it up.

"The Speaker and Chairman will visit Parliament, they
will take the opinion of several people. Things will take its
own time. But media will not be restrained from entering the
Assembly," he said.

His comments came in the wake of Congress opposing the
proposed move, saying it would be reflective of the "fascist"
attitude of the BJP.

"If there is a knee-jerk reaction by the BJP...shooting
the messenger rather than reading the message...it is not
surprising as it is guiding principle of their conduct all
through," party spokesman Manish Tewari had said.

Three ministers had to quit the Karnataka Cabinet on
February 8, a day after they were caught watching porn
clippings in the assembly.


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