CBI move to gag freedom of press : YSR Cong Party

Describing the CBI notices to freeze the bank accounts of ‘Sakshi’ Media house as a move to gag the freedom of press and also part of a larger conspiracy to close down the newspaper and the television by vested interests and competitors, YSR Congress Party today alleged this has made it more resolute about upholding the values of meaningful journalism and healthy democratic norms. While a majority of the media fraternity and other public organisations have condemned the incident, a section of media and vested interests were drumming up support to the CBI’s move, unmindful of consequences and public opinion.

This shows that CBI was a cog in the bigger wheel that has targeted Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy ever since he came out of Congress, YSR Congress Party spokesperson Ms Vasireddy Padma claimed addressing reporters here. Attacking the economic flow of the ‘Sakshi’ Media group by freezing the current accounts would hamper its day-today functioning. This is tantamount to slaughter of democracy and freedom of Press as the Media group provides employment to over 25,000 families, she said adding ‘Sakshi’ newspaper and Television have endeared themselves to the people long back and the nefarious designs of the competitors and vested interests would yield no results.