No, Communist CM’s speech was not censored; Lies busted

As per reports in indian express, The Agartala unit of the Doordarshan refuted Tripura Chief Minister’s Office claim that CM Manik Sarkar’s speech was blacked out on Independence Day. In a letter addressed to the media, U K Sahoo, head of the Doordarshan Kendra in Agartala, said his news unit gave wide coverage to the chief minister’s speech.

“On August 15, 2017, Doordarshan also gave wide coverage to the Chief Minister’s Independence day programme and telecast report running to 29 minutes and 45 seconds. Out of which the Hon’ble Chief Minister’s speech coverage was for 12 minutes. This was telecast at 1900 hours (SIC),” the letter read.

Sahoo said that a repeat telecast of the programme will air at 4.45 pm on Wednesday. The Chief Minsiter’s speech and the Independence Day programme were publicised in its regional news bulletins in various districts of Tripura, Sahoo claimed.

“Therefore, the allegation that Doordarshan Kenra, Agartala blacked out the Chief Minister on Independence day is totally incorrect and is vehemently refuted,” Sahoo wrote in the letter.

On Tuesday, the Tripura government alleged that the chief minister’s office was informed via letter that his speech would not be telecast unless he “reshaped it”.

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