RJD asks governor to direct Bihar govt to lift censorship
An RJD delegation today urged Bihar governor D Konwar to direct the state government to lift, what they described as, "undeclared censorship on the media".patna Updated: May 20, 2010 21:02 IST
An RJD delegation today urged Bihar governor D Konwar to direct the state government to lift, what they described as, "undeclared censorship on the media".
A six-member delegation of RJD led by its state president Abdul Bari Siddiqui and deputy leader in the state assembly Shakeel Ahmed Khan called on Konwar at Rajbhavan this evening.
Later, talking to reporters, Khan said it was unfortunate that the Nitish Kumar government had stopped giving advertisements to newspapers thrice during the past over four years.
Citing examples, Khan said Kumar had for the first time stopped giving government advertisements to newspapers soon after coming to powers and then banned advertisements when the media started highlighting the state government's alleged failure leading to breach of embankment by turbulent Kosi at Kusaha in Nepal in 2008 devastating the Kosi belt.
The state government, he alleged, had stopped advertisements after media publicity against the deteriorating law and order in Bihar for the third time.
"We are opposed to the autocratic style of functioning of the state governmment", Khan said.
The RJD also organised a sit-in demonstration before the J P roundabout here to lodge protest against the state government for censoring media.