Communist Party of India (CPI) leader and Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Viswam demanded that the restrictions on media from reporting from Parliament be lifted, and Press should be given open access to Parliament.
Urging that unrestricted access is ‘unreasonable’ Viswam wrote a letter to the Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday, and said, “These restrictions were only allowed given the extreme circumstances of the situation”.
“However, as the country has now opened up across virtually all spheres, it is unreasonable to keep imposing restrictions on media persons performing this most vital task of reporting from Parliament and about Parliament,” added Viswam.
“In both peace and crisis, the media plays a key role in holding Parliamentarians accountable. Restrictions on access to media must only be made in extraordinary circumstances and for a limited time period only,” argued Viswam in his letter to the Chairman.