Arvind Kejriwal’s govt to keep a close tab on content of news channels

This is being done for the first time by the Delhi Government.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: May 5, 2015 9:34 pm
AAP, Arvind Kejriwal AAP media, AAP media relationship, media relationship, janta ka trial, delhi news, city news, local news, Indian Express After its landslide victory in Delhi, the AAP has become more strident.

Days after accusing the media of being part of a “conspiracy to finish off AAP”, Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government has decided to keep a close tab on all the news channels asking its officials to monitor the content broadcast by them.

An order in this regard has been issued to officials of Directorate of Information and Publicity (DIP) to monitor the news channels from 9 AM to 11 PM. This is being done for the first time by the Delhi Government.

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DIP officials till now used to keep records of newspapers cuttings related to the government. “DIP officials have been asked to start monitoring the content of news channels related to the government and send a daily report on these contents broadcast by them to Chief Minister’s Office (CMO),” said a senior government official.

Chief Minister Kejriwal had in a recent interview to a news portal said, “A very large section of the media has accepted ‘supari’ for finishing off AAP… There can be a public trial. There can be 8-10 spots in Delhi where we can collect a group of people and show the erroneous clips. That way we can start a ‘janta ka trial’.”

“DIP officials have been directed to monitor the content of new channels from 9 AM to 11 PM. Officals have been asked to do this work for at least one month and thereafter, government will float tenders to hire designated staff to keep close tab on all the new channels ” sources said.

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  1. A
    May 6, 2015 at 2:02 am
    The media is part-and parcel of democracy. If anyone intends to gag or trample the media the nation will not tolerate this as the press and the electronic media are the reliable source of knowledge for the public. Dictating to the media what to publish was one of many initial steps by brutal dictators in History. Delhi is not a state; the central government has the right to exercise control over the administration of the Delhi which the AAP leadership trying to defy?
    1. K
      May 6, 2015 at 9:06 am
      Good decision AAP. Some channels just keep wasting everyone's time with frivolous, cheap and false reports. There are far more important concerns which a responsible media must cover at a national and state level.
      1. V
        May 5, 2015 at 8:21 pm
        Will he follow the same principle when talking about opponents? Has he forgotten the baseless charges he hurled at all his opponents? What else can Kejriwal do now but maintain silence after being completely exposed. The only fig leaf now he has to hide himself with is to talk about governance
        1. A
          May 5, 2015 at 9:08 pm
          Time have come to corrupt & illegal journalism media group should be punished after public trial & found wrong news information against individual, business group etc. I supported public trial against media group.
          1. Suraj Brijwani
            May 5, 2015 at 8:41 pm
            This is called MATURITY... Do you watch India News Channels ?? They (a Majority) have become Daily Soap Channels... They don't Show News... They CREATE News.... #SHAMELESS_PAID_MEDIA
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