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YSR Congress Alleges Media Suppression by New Andhra Pradesh Government

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Preeti Bali / 6:06 am / June 12, 2024

After losing power in the recent Andhra Pradesh assembly elections, the YSR Congress Party on Tuesday accused the newly elected state government of suppressing the media. They have called for an investigation by the telecom regulator into the alleged unlawful blocking of certain news channels.

 

Accusations of Press Suppression

In a letter addressed to the chairperson of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Rajya Sabha member S. Niranjan Reddy alleged that several news channels, including TV9, NTV, 10TV, and Sakshi TV, were abruptly taken off air by the state’s cable TV operators’ association. According to Reddy, this action was carried out under the “pressure and directions” of the newly established Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government.

 

Claims of Unlawful Actions

Reddy argued that these channels were blocked “without lawful justification or procedural compliance,” framing the move as a direct attack on press freedom. He warned that such actions could deter media outlets from covering sensitive topics due to fear of retribution.

 

Call for Regulatory Action

Highlighting the serious implications for journalistic freedom, Reddy called on TRAI to take firm action to uphold regulations and protect the media from “undue governmental influence.” He emphasized the necessity for the press to operate without fear of retaliation or censorship.

Request for Enforcement of Regulations

The YSR Congress leader urged the telecom regulator to ensure adherence to TRAI’s regulations, particularly Regulation 17 of the 2017 Regulations, and to take appropriate measures against those who have breached these rules.

 

No Response from State Government

As of now, there has been no immediate response from the Andhra Pradesh government regarding these allegations.

 

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