Mamata slams media,says don’t cross the line

CM,who has been widely criticised on certain issues,alleges media is presenting 'distorted news'.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: April 6, 2012 5:04:18 am

Having been widely criticised by the media on certain issues,Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday launched a stinging attack against the press and instructed the media houses not to “cross the lakshmanrekha”.

Alleging that a section of the media is presenting “distorted news every day” against the state government,Mamata,while launching a Bengali newspaper at Town Hall,warned the media houses saying that she “knows” how to launch “counter attack” in response to an “attack”. “There is a limit to everything. No one can impose his/her personal opinion others. Freedom is your right but don’t impose your freedom on other. I respect freedom,but you cannot snatch away freedom of others. Don’t think that you have secured the right to do anything just because you have the pen in your hand,” she said.

Defending again the government’s decision to disallow entry of a section of newspapers to the state-aided library,she said,it is the government which would take a decision in this regard. “We are committed to Ma Mati Manush. We will not act to satisfy a person or a group of persons. Rather,we will work for satisfaction of everyone,” Mamata said.

“There is a newspaper which thinks that we would act according to their wishes. This is not right. One should not impose his/her likes and dislikes on the people. We have never given any advertisements to Jago Bangla (Trinamool’s mouthpiece) and we will not give any advertisements to it in future too,” she said.

Mamata alleged that “yellow journalism” was being “practiced by a section of media”. “Words like censorship and fatwa are being used. What words are these?

“This is a planned game. When my mother was at the hospital,some channels telecast her death. If I will have to go to hospital for certain reasons,these media houses will show breaking news of my death. What kind of journalism is this? This is called yellow journalism,” Mamata said and asked the media fraternity to “remain committed to the people only”.

The CM said she would not stop the media from criticising her. “But you cannot force me to serve your interests through blackmailing.”

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