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AAP draws criticism for asking ministers to file defamation cases against media

AAP draws criticism for asking ministers to file defamation cases against media

The Editors Guild of India deplored the controversial circular calling it a 'crude attempt' to 'still' media criticism and demanded its immediate withdrawal.

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi is facing criticism after it issued a circular asking ministers to file defamation cases against the media if they think it is needed.

The Editors Guild of India deplored the controversial circular calling it a 'crude attempt' to 'still' media criticism and demanded its immediate withdrawal.

Attacking the media, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday had said, "Media keeps showing us in negative light but don't worry about that as people of Delhi is happy with. Despite seeing media, people gave us 67 seats."

He also added that the AAP is not planning to launch any news channel. "As far as starting a media house is concerned, we don't want to do that. There are good people in media too, who are not happy. If some senior people come together and want to start a news channel or news paper, the government will definitely help them. We also want a honest media house which only shows news," he said.

The Opposition called AAP's move a hypocrisy, given that party chief has asked his ministers to use the same laws that he challenged in the defamation cases he himself faces.

The Supreme Court had stayed his prosecution in cases filed by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and others. The AAP government has said that it is not doing anything new and merely reiterating existing provisions.

first published:May 11, 2015, 10:01 IST