Mumbai : Dismissing the criticism over live coverage of the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s speech by Doordarshan, Information and Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said that the NDA government has not imposed any restrictions on the national network.
“Prasar Bharati takes its own decisions,” Javadekar said. He also wondered why objections were being raised when it was a ‘newsworthy’ event covered by private channels too. Javadekar also suggested that Doordarshan may not have covered the RSS chief’s speech live in the past because of ‘restrictions’ placed by earlier regimes.
“Earlier there might have been restrictions that this should not be shown. We have not put any restrictions. So they are covering all news worthy events,” Javadekar said. He also added that many people wanted to listen to the speech which was widely watched.
When asked about how an event that was not being covered during the last ten years suddenly became newsworthy for Doordarshan after BJP’s coming to power, Javadekar replied that it was due to “trampling” on DD’s freedom by earlier UPA regimes that such events were not covered. He said that at that time the question why RSS chief’s speech “was being blocked” should have been asked.
“Already Prasar Bharati takes its own decisions and I don’t know why they were not showing earlier. It’s a newsworthy event. All private news channels are showing it. Then why DD should be banned?” he asked. Javadekar said that DD News carries live speeches of leaders of Congress and other political parties. “At that time nobody speaks,” he said.