The TS government had already clarified that it had only discussed the proposal to bar the entry of media in the Secretariat and regarding this no discussion had took place. And also stated that it had no plans to impose curbs on the media in the Secretariat. The government took a U-turn on the issue a day after clarification surprisingly.
At around 2.30pm Journalists confronted police personnel when they were asked to leave the C Block. And Journalists asked the police to show the copy of the government order banning the entry of media into C-Block. For that cops replied that they had only received “oral instructions” from the Information and PR department and had no “written orders”.
Allam Narayana, TS Press Academy chairman met the CM to discuss journalists’ issues like providing accreditation cards, health cards etc., said not to “ban” but only as “reasonable restrictions” to enable smooth functioning of the CMO besides addressing security concerns.
While addressing a press conference, Mr Narayana said “The government has its own reasons to restrict media in the CM’s block. It should not be viewed as a ban on media but only as reasonable restrictions. The CM himself has told me that the government has no plans to ban the entry of media in the Secretariat.
Journalists can freely enter the Secretariat as usual and wait at the media lounge in front of the CMO or the Publicity Cell. However, to visit blocks other than the CMO’s, they need to seek the appointment of ministers and officials concerned.”
“The government is not against the media,” he added. Journalists had heated arguments with Mr Narayana asking him whether this was the “free Telangana”.