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No move to gag the media: Sangma

 SHILLONG, April 25 – Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has allayed fears over his government’s attempts to muzzle the media by legislating laws to regulate their functioning. He was speaking at an interaction with media here recently.

Sangma, who scotched speculation of his government mulling any move to gag the press, asserted his regime was always open to constructive criticism but urged the media to accept criticism too.

Sangma had made a statement on the floor of the Assembly on March 21 accusing the media of promoting interests of militant groups. He had accused the media organisations with working as “publicity houses of terrorist organisations” during his address expressing displeasure about “excessive” media coverage being given to militant outfits and their statements.

He referred to difficulties in withdrawing the statement here since it was made on the floor of the House. Sangma’s interaction was the first in one month since the media had called for a boycott of his programmes.

Meanwhile, the Meghalaya Editors and Publishers’ Association, which had first called a boycott of the CM’s programmes, declined an invitation from the CM to discuss the issue citing “lack of clarity on agenda” of the meeting. – PTI

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