The RBI on Wednesday did not allow Stanley Pignal, the South Asian business and finance correspondent for the Economist magazine, to attend the central bank’s bi-monthly monetary policy press conference.
Pignal later put out a series of tweets about RBI not allowing access. “I’ve been critical of new governor not speaking to press, did not expect RBI to freeze us out of press conference. It’s their call obviously,” he tweeted.
When HT contacted, the RBI’s spokesperson said that the matter was between the Economist correspondent and RBI, and that “it can be discussed and sorted out between the two.” The RBI spokesperson also spoke to Pignal subsequently.
The Economist had recently carried a series of stories on demonetization and on how the new RBI governor Urjit Patel has not been talking to the media.
Pignal later also tweeted that the RBI’s decision to exclude the Economist from the press conference was not related to the magazine’s coverage of the demonetization issue.