INS slams Broadcast Regulation Content Code

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Bangalore, Sep 19 (UNI) Indian Newspaper Society (INS) today said the 'Broadcast Regulation Content Code', proposed by the Union Government, was an attempt to hit at the very root of the freedom of expression sanctified by the Constitution.

Addressing the 68th Annual General Meeting of the INS here, outgoing President Hormusji N Cama said the Code would result in stifling the Indian print media and the freedom of expression.

He said the print media faced several roadblocks due to some moves by the Union government. ''At a time when India is celebrating its 60th year of Independence, the government is seeking to curb freedom of speech and independence of the media. It is sad that in the world's largest independent democratic country, this industry is facing such serious threats,'' he added.

Mr Cama denounced the attempts to smother the Press including the attacks on the offices of Outlook, Mathrubhumi and Dinakaran by anti- social elements.

''We strongly protest against these incidents. The government must put an end to the criminal practices of some misguided elements that force the Press to submit to their dictates,'' he said.

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