Security and discipline: Karnataka government bans television cameras in corridors of Vidhana Soudha
The Karnataka government on Friday banned journalists from filming or photographing the corridors of Vidhana Soudha, citing “security and discipline”. In a circular, the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms said Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa approved the proposal to ban press cameras from the corridors of Vidhana Soudha.
“Arrangements have been made for the chief minister and other ministers to issue statements to the media near the entrance to Kengal Hanumanthaiah,” he said. The Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms tasked the personal secretaries of ministers to make arrangements for press conferences and information bytes for journalists in meeting rooms or ministerial chambers.
This is not the first time that the government of Karnataka has attempted to regulate access to media at the premises of Vidhana Soudha. In the past, too, the Congress-JD-S coalition government had also tried to restrict the entry of journalists inside Vidhana Soudha, but it did not take off.