Pressure mounts on Arvind Kejriwal govt over gag order

After accusing the media of ‘conspiring against the Aam Aadmi Party’, CM Kejriwal had asked all govt officials to report criminal defamation matters.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 12, 2015 11:20 am
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Two days after it was revealed that Delhi government had told its officials to file cases against the media if they published or aired “defamatory news”, opposition parties BJP and Congress continued their attack on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. While BJP called the circular “another tactic of AAP to employ many of its volunteers in government”, Congress called it an “authoritarian” act.

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“It seems Kejriwal is frustrated with the media from the day he came to power. First he banned entry of media persons into the secretariat and now this circular to silence the media. They have even stopped government advertisement in a few newspapers, which wrote against the government,” Satish Upadhyay, BJP’s Delhi unit chief, said.

“We hear accreditation of many journalists are being suspended. BJP will meet the Lt-Governor to demand his intervention to ensure media freedom in Delhi and legal action against all AAP MLAs involved in lawlessness during the past three months,” he said.

Congress termed the circular undemocratic. “It is an authoritarian act. We strongly condemn it,” DPCC chief spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee said. “The despotic circular issued by the AAP government goes against the democratic principles of freedom of expression as envisaged in our Constitution,” Mukherjee said.

State Congress chief Ajay Maken has written a letter to L-G Najeeb Jung saying that the government circular was an assault on democratic rights and an attempt to “hush difference of opinion and transparency”.

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  1. S
    Feb 1, 2016 at 11:22 am
    To save Dehli from anarchists is necessary to put the gang of Kejriwal behind bars. The safety and progress of Dehli is in danger. All is chaos. They are liars and useless persons. Take their pport and votingsright away.
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      May 12, 2015 at 4:22 pm
      mr rakesh mohan,keep yr ear and eyes open..have yu seen fatwa in favour of kejriwal in benaras and then at delhi,have u seen his meeting with gilani, do u know that people from stan supports him and fund him..first understand the intension of this clever person and then comment.. his saga is long.. from almost crucifying anna ( thru prolonged fasting) to gajendra make sensible comment.. we will also see development in Delhi in next five years..thru your beloved god..
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        Khush Fehm
        May 13, 2015 at 6:36 pm
        Paid media gets a kick in its guts. Patrons of paid media are upset.
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          artatran dhal
          May 12, 2015 at 3:22 pm
          Those are corrupt they can not accept AK. Let all public support Ak. All educated people understand Media role.
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            Dr Bhatt
            May 12, 2015 at 7:23 am
            If Media is doing Factual reporting, why shud they worry abt defamation cases. Shows how poor the Journalis.tic standards are there in this country. Not a AAP supporter, but AAP is right in this case. Media needs lot of introspection.
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              Mayank Gupta
              May 13, 2015 at 9:05 am
              AK is like CPIM in westbengal with another name. He is free Maharaj. To consume evrything at free of cost is the habit of beggar only. So he wants to make more beggar in delhi where the delhities want to be so. So delhities should offer labour to their working place at free of cost. AK wanted to have police force at his hand so that he make delhi another westbengal. Coming 5-years he will always make controversial statement so that media and delhities will be busy on paying concentration to another side except his commitment like free wifi, providing cameras all over delhi, opening school etc. Knowingly his problem in cough he did not treat it at his own cost but by the money of janatas. He is realy an intellegent who is capable to make idiate all the educated free consumer delhities. Thanks delhities with Jharu at your fate for 5-years
              1. K
                May 26, 2015 at 11:05 am
                Media is controlled by the big business houses. The business houses decide who to praise and who to demolish. What Kejriwal is doing is making the business houses be accountable to people, which obviously not something the business houses will like. So they happily defame Kejriwal and his Government. Let BJP and Congress say what they like, but Kejriwal is right here. No media has right to defame anybody.
                1. K
                  May 12, 2015 at 11:14 am
                  AAP does not have the money like other parties to bu the media. So the gag order is absolutely a brilliant idea. Now let us see how BJP is using its media proxy against AAP.
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