As per letter, the order can have a “chilling effect” on the media and will lead to the possibility of the news media “targeted at every instance, to prevent it from reporting important news.”
On 30 Oct, Andhra CM issued an order delegating powers to the secretaries of respective departments to lodge complaints and file appropriate legal cases through public prosecutor against false, baseless and defamatory news items published, telecast or posted in print, electronic and social media.
The letter said: “If stipulations as have been prescribed by said Order become the norm, it will affect the very survival and existence of the news media. Criminal intimidation of journalists and preventing them from performing their duties are violations of the freedoms enshrined in and guaranteed by the Constitution. Government intervention in news content without a transparent process is nothing short of censorship, and a threat to the freedom of the press.”