English newspaper Hindustan Times exposed the failures of the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi in managing the Covid crisis in an article on May 6.
The journalist who wrote the particular copy, Sweta Goswami and six others were expelled from the WhatsApp group of the Delhi government’s media cell.
Vikas Yogi, who manages media for AAP and Saurabh Bhardwaj, MLA & National spokesperson of AAP, did not offer any explanation for the removal.
The WhatsApp group is used to share the press releases of the government and also the updates about government’s programmes, ministers press conferences, visits etc.
Arvind Kejriwal and AAP forayed into politics promising transparency in everything they do. But the reality is far different from that.
Some other journalists in the group demanded an explanation for the removal of HT journalists but didn’t get one.
But, surprisingly, Hindustan Times did not protest the locking of access for its journalists by the government.
Recently, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also stopped taking questions from journalists in press conferences. In the name of a press conference, journalists are fed video messages.
The Kejriwal government has spent more than INR 150 crores on advertisements in the first three months of 2021.
Some analysts believe that it’s an attempt to silence the press.