No law curbing media freedom will be enacted

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New Delhi, July 6: Reacting to the widespread concern over the provisions of the proposed Broadcasting Services Regulation Bill, Union Law Minister Hansraj Bhardwaj today came out with a firm rejection of any law aimed at muzzling the voice of the media.

''If the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has drafted any such legislation, it will not be allowed to go beyond the Law Ministry,'' he said in an interview with English weekly 'Outlook'.

Mr Bhardwaj said neither Prime Minister Manmohan Singh nor UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi wanted any curb on the freedom of expression of the media.

He said there was no reason to doubt the intentions of the UPA Government which had put in place the Right to Information Act.

The Law Minister dismissed the sugestion that the government mooted the proposed broadcsating law in the wake of a series of sting operations by the media, saying it was not the people of his party and government who were the target of these operation.

When asked about the BJP criticism of the controversial legislation, Mr Bhardwaj said a party like the BJP had no right to say anything on this issue as its treatment of Tehelka journalists and the whole organisation after their sting operation against top leaders and officials of the NDA government.


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