ANDHRA PRADESH

Another topic to debate

The State Government's recent announcement that journalists interviewing or maintaining contacts with criminals will be offenders of the law has kick-started debates on the propriety of the statement.

Where then, does the Right to Information Act stand for the media, ask observers, and what about the several politicians who fall in "tainted" category or those known to have supported the members of the proscribed party. Should the media boycott press conferences called by these categories, or should they take `prior' permission from the Government to cover the conferences? Tainted politicians have one alibi, that they have not been declared so by the courts. Which court then convicted those to whom journalists talk?

Dennis Marcus Mathew