Yogi’s media massacre

October 30 2017

In Uttar Pradesh, the media’s free-for-all is over. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has put ‘speed governors’ on the media mandarins who were minting money under the Akhilesh Yadav dispensation. Hundreds of ‘fake’, or hardly existing newspapers had mushroomed during the Akhilesh Raj and were fleecing the government coffers of official advertisements. Now that honeymoon has flown into the dusk. Such government largesse has been stopped. Not just that. The Yogi sarkar has drawn up a list of all scribes who have their own homes in the state and yet, were enjoying almost free government accommodation for being ‘accredited’. Yogi, say insiders, was shocked to find that many such ‘journalists’ owned plush houses in posh localities but had rented these out. One such person had leased his home to a bank for a monthly rent of Rs 3.5 lakh. Then there was another, who had rented out his house for running a restaurant! Naturally, many senior journalists are peeved and are spitting fire on the Yogi government.

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