Union Minister V Muraleedharan hits out at Kerala CM, asks CM to read constitution before criticising action against tv channels

South India

NEW DELHI: Union Minister V Muraleedharan on Sunday said  that the Kerala Chief Minister should read the Constitution and the laws of the land before expressing his opinion.

He was reacting to Pinarayi Vijayan's remark over the ban on two Kerala-based TV channels.

"The ban was not for one-sided reporting or anything, it was for violating the rules regarding cable transmission and various rules related to the broadcasting of public channels. There is nothing beyond that," the news agency ANI quoted Muraleedharan as saying. 

"So, if the Kerala Chief Minister feels that it is an undeclared Emergency, it means that he has not understood the Constitution. He should first read the Constitution, he should first read the laws of the land and then he should express his opinion," he told to ANI

"Of course, the BJP and the government of Narendra Modi ji has always stood for media independence, freedom of media, independent media. In fact, we are the people who went to jail for upholding the freedom of media during the Emergency. We don't want to put a ban on media," he said

Earlier, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had criticised the central government over the ban on two Kerala-based channels, and said that an undeclared Emergency is prevailing in the country. 

Earlier, the ministry of information and broadcasting had imposed a 48-hour ban on Asianet News and Media One for their coverage of the Delhi violence for 48 hours from 7.30pm on Friday. However, they were allowed to resume telecasting on Saturday morning.

The ministry of information and broadcasting alleged Asianet News and Media One were biased and critical of the RSS and Delhi Police.

Both Asianet News and Media One were barred under Rule 6(1 c) and Rule 6(1e) of the Cable Television Networks Act, 1994.

The Ministry had alleged that the channels violated two rules under the Cable Television Networks Regulation Act.
Rule 6(1) (c) provides that no programme should be carried in the cable seruice which Contains attack on religions or communities or visuals or words contemptuous of religious groups or which promote communal attitudes,” the order read.

Rule 6(1)(e), states that no programme should be carried in the cable service which is likely to encourage or incite violence or contains anything against maintenance of law and order or which promote anti-national attitudes.

The ban on Asianet News and Media One triggered a torrent of criticism of the move. Many have questioned how a Malayalam channel could have incited violence in Delhi. 

Asianet News is owned by Jupiter capital, a financial services company that was established by BJP Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar. 

MediaOne is owned by Madhayamam Publications, a media group that also has members from the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind in Kerala.


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