“The video was shared by the Twitter handle of Mumbai Press Club. In it, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee is purportedly seen having a media interaction. Similar video was shared by BJP spokespersons too. In the video, a journalist is purportedly heard asking West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee that Rural Newspapers do not get advertisement from the govt. and because of that it is difficult for them to survive. To which Banerjee replies and allegedly says “If you were to publish more positive news about things that the government is doing, then I’ll tell the DM personally to give you guys more ads.” The Mumbai Press Club criticized mamata banerjee for the statement. It said, “”Releasing ads to buy news media has long been used by all governments to undermine the press. It’s a powerful tool to cultivate loyalty. This time Mamata Banerjee, CM of West Bengal, crossed the line by openly offering govt ads for favorable reporting.”” Deploring the statement, it said that This is a threat to the freedom of the press.
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