Karnataka CM says will talk to Speaker on issue of media restrictions

Karnataka Chief Minister assured he will talk to the Speaker regarding the decision to restrict camera persons from covering assembly session. Photo: PTI File.

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday (October 30) assured he will speak to the Assembly Speaker regarding the decision to restrict camera persons from
covering the proceedings of the session, and will make honest efforts to restore earlier system.

“I will try to convince the Speaker, and make honest efforts to rectify things that you (media) had faced, during the next session,” Yediyurappa said in response to a question about ‘restrictions’ on media after BJP government led by him came to power.

Asked whether it was an assurance, he said, “If Yediyurappa says something there is a feeling that it will happen 100%, let there be no doubt, I will request the Speaker to restore the earlier system from the next session onwards, I will get it done. It is the assurance I’m giving you.”

Yediyurappa was speaking to reporters here during a press meet organised by the Press Club of Bengaluru and Reporters Guild.

Karnataka Assembly Speaker Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri during the recently concluded session had imposed restrictions on camera persons, both electronic and print media, from covering the proceedings of the session; instead, Doordarshan provided live feed to private TV channels.

Journalists and camera persons had even staged a demonstration in the city condemning the decision of the Speaker to bar media from telecasting House proceedings. Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah too expressing his reservations, had said, restriction of media was “fatal” for democracy.