26 October, 2020

Camera Obscura: Karnataka Assembly Bans Private TV Crews, Photographers

Karnataka was one of the few states where TV channels could cover assembly proceedings—elsewhere, even in Parliament, they have to subscribe to feeds from public broadcasters

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Camera Obscura: Karnataka Assembly Bans Private TV Crews, Photographers
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2019-11-04T17:52:58+05:30

The July session of the Karna­taka legislative assembly got minute-by-minute TV coverage—loc­al news channels were locked on the live-mode for most of the five days of proceedings. But the short ass­embly session convened by the new BJP government had the  media seeing red—a day before the session commenced, they learnt of the Speaker’s directive barring private channel crews and photographers into the House. The press gallery was open to reporters as usual.

Karnataka was one of the few states where TV channels could cover assembly proceedings—elsewhere, even in Par­liament, they have to subscribe to feeds from public broadcasters. The sudden move drew protests from journalists—it was only the assembly that barred TV crews and photographers while the legislative council was still open to them—and subsequently a boycott by news channels. Speaker Kageri maintained that the res­triction was being tried out as a pilot during the three-day session. “When we are giving all the data and information to them without...

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