New Delhi: Editors Guild of India has condemned the Finance ministry’s decision to restrict journalists from entering the north block building, and demanded that the ban be withdrawn.
The ban order by the Finance ministry had been much criticised by the Opposition and journalists, wherein Nirmala Sitharaman’s office had tweeted out saying ‘prior appointment must be taken to enter the premises of the ministry.’
— Editors Guild of India (@IndEditorsGuild) July 10, 2019
The Editors Guild in its statement said, “it’s an arbitrary decision to deny even government-accredited journalists’ access to its offices in North Block.”
The association further added that “a blanket order is not the answer. Journalists do not go to government offices to enjoy the comforts and hospitality of visitors’ rooms designated for them. They go to perform their challenging job of news gathering.”
CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury had earlier attacked the BJP-led government and said, “When you lie and fudge data, you have a lot to hide. In an era where transparency should be the norm, this government wants to deny due access to journalists.”
Clarification on media reports alleging that media persons have been banned from entering the Ministry of Finance, North Block. pic.twitter.com/T2muJ6NV0J
— NSitharamanOffice (@nsitharamanoffc) July 9, 2019
Earlier, issuing a clarification over the news of journalists being banned from the Finance Ministry, the office of Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted: “Entry of media persons, including those holding PIB Accredited card, will be on the basis of prior appointment. No other restrictions have been imposed on their entry inside MOF. North Block. The media persons can seek an appointment with the officer/s to meet them”.
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