Haryana government has ordered reporters in the state to keep a safe distance while trying to seek reactions from Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
An official order by the state administration also warned the media personnel of consequences if they did not adhere to the new guidelines in future.
The order said, “It’s been often observed that during press conferences or while recording bytes of the chief minister, reporters and camera personnel keep their recording equipment very close to him. This is not right from security point of view. This also causes discomfort to the honourable chief minister while posing challenges to the security personnel.”
The communique also directed the reporters to record Khattar together in one ago and not attempt to record one-on-one byte. It ordered the media personnel to adhere to the government’s new ‘instructions’ failing which there will be consequences.
The order said, “Therefore, you must follow the instructions in future and keep a safe distance during the chief minister’s press conference and other functions. You alone will be responsible for any lapses in future.”
Haryana is governed by BJP and the state government has often been in news for wrong reasons and its insensitivity and questionable governance.