Kochi: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan has barred two Malayalam channels from his press meet at Kochi on Monday.
The Governor asked the reporters from CPM-run Kairali News and Jamaat-e-Islami’s Media One channels to leave the place and shouted that he will not meet these two channels, accusing them of “masquerading” as political persons.
Asking them to go out, he said “I considered the media as very important. I have always responded to the media but I am not now able to persuade myself to those that masquerade as media. They are not media, they are masquerading as media but are basically political persons.
“There are actually members of a party here. So, if anybody from these channels is attending the press meeting, please leave. I would walk away if there are correspondents from Kairali and Media One. I had categorically mentioned that I will not talk to Kairali and Media One,” he added.
The press meet was held at the guest house in Kochi today morning.
Earlier on October 24, Raj Bhavan barred four Malayalam channels including both these channels from attending a press meet of the Governor.
Kairali News is the channel of ruling CPM. Besides, a Malayalam satellite channel Media One, run by Islamist outfit Jamaat-e-Islami, is facing a ban from the central government over security clearance issues.