Media in Kerala facing stiff challenges, says Chennithala
Thodupuzha: Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala has come out against the curb on mediapersons in covering the P S Antony Commission’s visit to the chief minister to submit its report on the sleaze charges against former minister A K Saseendran. He criticised the curb on media at a press meet in connection with the `padayorukkam’ that is in Thodupuzha.
When the media ask questions on behalf of the common people, keeping them away is undemocratic. The media people in the state are facing stiff challenges and are denied a chance to work transparently. Even preventing the media from entering the secretariat is not seen in the history of Kerala, Chennithala said.
Chennithala said only when the CPM is sitting in the opposition do they speak about media freedom. What is happening on the Secretariat compound that the media does not want to know? This is only proof to show that the governance is not fool proof, he said.
The state is reeling under a severe crisis and the construction sector has come to a standstill as the contractors are unpaid.
Thomas Isaac who had said that the financial crisis would be completely resolved once GST comes into effect in the state, must now answer to this. With GST, the state has incurred a loss of Rs 1200 cr, he added.