The Congress on Sunday cited media studies to accuse the Modi government of indulging in “sheer vindictiveness” by freezing commercials to some newspapers important of the dispensation.
Congress’ assault got here after media studies claimed that the government has stopped offering commercials to some newspapers important of its sure insurance policies and actions.
Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tagged some of the studies to assert that the government had stopped commercials to newspapers for “exposing Rafale scam”, for being important of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and for reporting on alleged mannequin code of conduct violations by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“BJP government crushes freedom of media and indulges in sheer vindictiveness by freezing ads to 4 newspapers (sic),” he tweeted.
BJP Govt crushes Freedom of Media & indulges in sheer vindictiveness by freezing advertisements to four newspapers
▪️The Hindu for exposing Rafale Scam
▪️Assam Tribune for being important of CAB
▪️The Telegraph for being important of Govt
▪️TOI for exposing MCC by PM
This is Modi 2.zero for you! pic.twitter.com/bDzq5WqnqB
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) June 30, 2019
“This is Modi 2.0 for you!” Surjewala added.
A report which claimed that the government had stopped giving commercials to some newspapers additionally quoted an official as saying that “under Congress governments too”, such bans lasted for a shorter interval.
In one other tweet, Surjewala tagged one other media report on media freedom and stated “as plain governmental subjugation, advertisement revenue, corporate ownership & marketing teams take over editorial control; Free media & dissent is the first casualty (sic)”.