This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Jayashree Arunachalam and Raman Kirpal are joined by Umakant Lakhera, journalist and president of the Press Club of India, and Karma Paljor, editor-in-chief of EastMojo.
Umakant talks about the state of the media, government control over the press, and why journalists need protection. “These actions lead to loss of credibility of the government,” he says. The panel then discusses the arrest and resignation of AAP leader Manish Sisodia and the impact this will have on the AAP.
The discussion shifts to the assembly results in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura. Karma talks about alliances and vote shares. “Our people have distrust towards national parties,” he says, “so one cannot perform here without an alliance or local parties.”
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