Now Goa journos protest guidelines

IN Media Watch Briefs | 05/04/2018
Its the season of curbs on accredited journalists! Scribes in Goa are battling other guidelines restricting their coverage of Assembly sessions. A statement from the Goa Union of Journalists says the new set of “Guidelines for accreditation of media organization and their representatives” will block access for a majority of media houses and their representatives. The condition of 15,000 copies per day for an eligible newspaper will exclude all but except three or four, including 'Bhangaarbhuin', the only paper run in the state's official language. Besides, if any news portal/ website is found involved in cybercrime, all accreditations shall be withdrawn.          
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