The Government of West Bengal issued an official circular mentioning some English dailies or high circulation Bengali newspapers will no longer be available in state-sponsored and aided libraries in West Bengal.
The circular specified eight newspapers which it said would significantly contribute to the development and spread of free thinking among the library users.
Interestingly, of the 8 newspapers available to readers, Sangbad Pratidin is a Bengali paper owned by TMC Rajya Sabha (RS) MP Srinjoy Bose. The Associate Editor is Kunal Ghosh who has just been elected to RS on TMC ticket.
Also on that list is Sanmarg, a Hindi newspaper whose director is Vivek Gupta and Akbar-e-Masriq whose senior journalist is Nadimul Haq. Both Mr Gupta and Mr Haq have just been elected to RS on TMC ticket.
Like other common people I do think this is a political move, worse than censorship and this has shades of fascism. Government can’t decide what a citizen should read to gather information.
So I urge the Government of West Bengal to lift ban on newspapers in West Bengal.