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Kerala Journalists Protest After Governor Bans Two Channels From Press Conference

Following the expulsion of two journalists from a press conference Governor Arif Mohammed Khan giving at a guest home on Monday, Journalists in Kerala stated a protest march to the Raj Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram today.

He said that the two prominent Malayalam news channels and the two journalists were biassed towards the Pinarayi Vijayan administration, with which he has had numerous run ins.

The one-kilometer march from the museum to the governor’s house was organised by the Kerala Union of Working Journalists since the governor’s behaviour with journalists on Monday was not unusual.

He refers to some journalists and news organisations as “cadre media” and last month ordered that they not be permitted at a press conference he was giving in the context of disputes with the CPM administration, which accuses him of acting at the BJP’s direction.

He “challenged” the state government on Monday to “attack me on the road” or “barge into my office.” He was responding to the Communist Party of India’s (Marxist) declaration that a sizable demonstration would take place in front of Raj Bhavan on November 15. The governor, according to the party, has been holding up important legislation.

The CPM organised a protest march against the governor on October 26 in response to his order calling for the resignation of university vice chancellors due to what he refers to as “a system of oligarchy.”

Even the leader of the opposition in the Congress, VD Satheesan, has criticised the governor for his treatment of media and local politicians. Mr. Satheesan told reporters, “He’s trying to be in the spotlight and make news, doing unconstitutional things.

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