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CPI-M for "action" against parties bringing out IHT

Wednesday 23 June 2004

CPI-M has asked the Government to take immediate "action" against all the parties involved in bringing out "International Herald Tribune" from India and said if necessary, a suitable law should be adopted quickly to "keep the Indian press Indian in character and integrity".

NEW DELHI, JUNE 23 (PTI)

"Instead of remaining helpless, the Government of India should find an immediate way to implement its policy and guidelines on this vital question", party’s leaders in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Basudeb Acharia and Nilotpal Basu respectively, said.

In a letter to Information and Broadcasting Minister S Jaipal Reddy, the two leaders, whose party is a key outside supporter of the Manmohan Singh Government, said publication of the Indian editon of IHT was a "clear and blatant violation" of the policy decision guidelines issued by the Ministry sometime back.

"The reported registration of the Indian edition of the IHT by the Registrar of Newspapers of India is without authorisation and totally inconsistent with the Government’s policy decision," the two leaders demanded immediate measures to cancel the registration and action against those responsible for ’improper’ registration.

Expressing concern over the continued publication of the Indian edition of IHT despite Government’s asking it to stop, the CPI-M leaders cautioned the government about its serious implications. "It will make a mockery of the Government’s policy decision as well as guidelines", they said.

P.S.

in Outlook India, Wednesday, June 23, 2004.