Journalists in Hyderabad have protested on Friday as the Telangana Government has restricted the entry of journalists into the Secretariat. Protesting against the decision of the government, the Media personnel staged a silent protest demonstration in front of Telangana Chief Minister's block in the Secretariat.
The journalists who had free access to all the blocks of the Secretariat have been denied entry. Hence they staged a protest against the proposal of Telangana Government to bar their entry into the campus for smooth functioning of the administration. Questioning KCR's government over the move, the press photographers and crew of various TV channels stood silently for 15 minutes.
In the meantime, a meeting has been convened to be held on Saturday at the Press Academy on Chapel Road where Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will discuss the implementation of the norm along with issuing of health cards to media persons with the editorial heads of newspapers and TV channels and office bearers of journalist unions.
Taking the cue from the AAP government in Delhi, Chief Minister had decided to impose curbs on the entry of journalists into the Secretariat. The issue came up for discussion between Chief Minister Rao and senior officials on Thursday following concerns that unverified information was going into the public domain.
According to sources, the Chief Minister and the officials were of the view that 'unrestricted access' the media has in the Secretariat was leading to free flow of unverified information. KCR is understood to have remarked whether the media's presence was required in the Secretariat.
The officials reportedly complained that movement of scribes was resulting in 'dislocation of work' with some even proposing a blanket ban.