The Finance Ministry has restricted the entry of journalists without appointment including those who are accredited by the Press Information Bureau.
The Ministry of Finance has made it clear that they haven’t banned media from entering the North Block of Ministry, instead they have facilitated the process for journalists.
- The Finance Ministry in response to recent claims of banning media’s entry in the North block of the Ministry posted clarification on their twitter handler.
- The Ministry claimed that the restrictions have been placed to streamline and facilitate the entry of journalists.
- Sixteen opposition parties have submitted a notice to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu for a short duration discussion on media freedom.
- The notice, with NCP chief Sharad Pawar as the first signatory and also Subramaniam Swamy as a supporter, is yet to be admitted, but the Opposition parties are pushing for it to be taken up next week.
- The PIB accredited journalist will not require a separate entry pass after the appointment is fixed.
- The Ministry also mentioned the air-conditioned waiting room with other services for media personals after their request.
- There was a major uproar from the press and opposition when journalists were not allowed to enter the North Block of the Finance Ministry.
- The security officials denied media persons’ entry stating they haven’t received orders to lift the quarantine.
- CPI-M attacked the government by saying that they have a lot to hide and they are not surprised since they have worked actively to destroy the Right to Information at each step.