Seeking to build pressure on the Government to withdraw a proposed move to curb electronic media from broadcasting emergency situations like the Mumbai terror strikes, editors of major news channels on Wednesday knocked on Samajwadi Party's door for support.
Representatives of the News Broadcasters Association met SP general secretary Amar Singh and requested him to take up with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh their concerns over a move to amend the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act 1995.
Government, as per sources, is planning to allow private channels to show only authorised feed of footage of emergency situations, a move opposed by the broadcasters.
"The television channel people met me... I personally believe there should be a provision that can prevent enemy nations from accessing sensitive information pertaining to national interest. This could be a issue of debate. However the kind of provision the government has proposed in its note sent to Cabinet Secretariat, can violate freedom of press," he said here.
Singh further said, "as per the note prepared by the government, if I go to attend some meeting in my area in UP or if Sonia Gandhi and Rahul go to Amethi or Rae Bareli, then Mayawati's administration can snatch the cameras of television channels covering the events. This is a strange situation".
The SP general secretary assured the channel editors that he would try and raise their concerns on the matter to the Prime Minister.
"I think the concerns raised by television channel editors are valid and I am with them. I will put their concerns in front of the Prime Minister whenever I meet him, as per my stature, as we are supporting the government and it is surviving because of us," Singh said.