MEDIA is targeted in the new state of Telangana. A group of Multi Service Operatrs (MSOs) and Local Cable Operators (LCOs) have overlooked orders issued by a Tribunal not to blackout news channels. Ironically the State Government remains mute spectator.
Eighty days of media blackout in the new state has forced journalists to take up the issue in social media and also bring it into the notice of the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
Protesting against the illegal blackout of TV9 and ABN Andhra Jyothi, two prominent telugu news channels in Telanagana, journalists took to streets and staged a protest in front of the chief minister’s residence in New Delhi.
Journalists have demanded immediate intervention of the chief minister. KCR was in the national capital to meet the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Chief Minister did not have time in his schedule to meet these protesting journalists who sought his time on the burning issue.
Ruling Telangana Rashtrya Samiti (TRS) expressed deep concern over a programme in TV9 early this year and termed it derogatory and damaging. TV9 not only expressed unconditional apology to the persons concerned but also terminated the programme in question.
The MSOs jumped into the issue and blacked out TV9. Telecom Disputes and Settlement Appellant Tribunal (TD SAT) categorically stated the blackout as wrong and instructed the cable operators to reinstate TV9 but the orders fell into deaf ears.
Representations to the state government has also not yield any results as the cable operators on record stating that external forces have blocked the channel in the state.
Even the centre’s strong remarks in Rajya Sabha on the illegal ban of Tv9 and ABN Andhra Jyoti did not evoke any response from the state government.
The Telangana journalists and union leaders have criticized the dictatorial attitude of the cable operators terming it undemocratic. It seems that the chief minister is behind the entire episode of blackout, sources say.