Cong urges Goa govt not to target journos; after one was barred from assembly complex
Congress in Goa accused the state government of targeting journalists.
The party urged the Speaker not to selectively debar journalists from entering the state Assembly complex.
The debar came about after a mediaperson was banned from the ongoing budget session.
One Congress MLA said that while a journalist has been castigated for giving some information, he is being summoned by the CID and Crime Branch.
However, the Speaker’s Office clarified said the journalist, Harish Volvoikar who operates GoaJunction.com, was using an expired Assembly access pass.
Volvoikar was debarred on Monday from entering the precincts of the Goa Legislative Assembly, two days after he sent across a message through his digital news service about Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s ill-health and later retracted it.
Volvoikar was later summoned by the Cyber Cell of the Goa Police Crime Branch, after a BJP leader Sunil Desai complained to the police, claiming unknown persons were spreading rumours about Parrikar’s health. >