The Editors Guild of India has urged the government to reconsider and withdraw the restrictions on journalists to enter the Ministry without prior appointment.
“This order is a gag on media freedoms and can even result in a further fall in India’s global press freedom rankings, especially as the contagion can easily spread to other ministries as well,” the Editors Guild.
- The Editors Guild has requested the Ministry of Finance to remove the restriction on Media persons to enter the North Block of Ministry.
- Editor’s Guild is the representative of the country’s newspapers.
- The Guild in a joint statement called the restrictions “a gag on media freedoms”.
- They were worried that other ministries can follow the Ministry of Finance which will result in fall of India’s global press freedom rankings.
- To make the system more convenient, they have offered the government to work on a solution with the journalists instead of a blanket ban.
- The journalists said this will reduce the number of stories they are able to produce from their sources in the ministry.
- The Ministry of Finance earlier restricted the entry of journalist in the North Block without an appointment even for the accredited journalists.
- Nirmala Sitharaman’s administration claimed that this will streamline and facilitate the process for journalists.
- The opposition is now trying to corner the government over freedom of the press.