Mamata slams media: ‘Pays money for comments,incites rapes’

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday lashed out at the media,alleging some TV channels paid money to leaders and intellectuals to speak against the government.

Written by Arshad Ali | Kolkata | Published: August 26, 2012 1:02:25 am

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday lashed out at the media,alleging some TV channels paid money to leaders and intellectuals to speak against the government.

At the first convention of All India Trinamool Yuva,she said: “Now media is run by business houses. They instruct spreading of canards. I have been told by Firhad Hakim (state minister) that he has heard that Rs 50,000 and Rs 1 lakh is paid for saying what is told.”

On a day when three rapes were reported in the state,Mamata said such incidents were fabricated by the media. “Just because you own a channel,you cannot incite rapes and suicides. Speak the truth. Do not incite crime.”

Her comments drew criticism from leaders across parties. Congress’s Abdul Mannan challenged the CM to come out with names of people who took money.

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