British news outlets The Economist,BBC among others restricted from Wednesday's RBI press conference

 RBI refuses entry to some journalists at presser claims space crunchPTI photo
news RBI Thursday, December 08, 2016 - 14:45

The Reserve Bank of India restricted journalists working for British news outlets - The Economist, BBC and some Indian media organisation from attending its press conference regarding its monetary review policy held on Wednesday.

Stanley Pingal, a journalist working for The Economist tweeted, “Amazing to go from being granted interviews of @RBI governor in June to excluded from press conferences in November, no warning/explanation.”

In a previous tweet, Stanley said, “I've been critical of new governor not speaking to press, did not expect RBI to freeze us out of press conference. It's their call obviously.”

In subsequent tweets, Pignal stated that the RBI spokesperson said that the blacklisting had nothing to do with The Economist’s coverage on the Central Bank.

Apart from Pingal, BBC journalist Sameer Hashmi was also not allowed to attend the press conference. 

The central bank however, said the decision to not allow certain journalists for the press meet was only due to space constraint.  

However, Shashi Shekhar, a Prasar Bharati member tweeted, “Meanwhile we hear some economic magazine from a small Island across the globe got ignored by the Central Bank of a nation of a Billion .....” 

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