Eenadu Attack: Naidu Blames Jagan, Cites Press Peril

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Eenadu Attack: Naidu Blames Jagan, Cites Press Peril

Eenadu Office Attack: TDP Chief Blames “Rabble-Rousing” Jagan, Cites Press Freedom Concerns

Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh: In a scathing response to the attack on the Eenadu office in Kurnool, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu accused Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy of inciting violence and suppressing press freedom. He claims this attack, along with recent assaults on media personnel, reflects a “last-ditch effort” by the YSRCP to silence dissent before upcoming elections.

Naidu’s Accusations:

Condemns the Eenadu attack as “government-sponsored terrorism” following similar incidents against Andhra Jyothy and TV5 staff.
Accuses Jagan of “rabble-rousing” his followers and instigating violence against journalists and opposition workers.
Links the attack to a recent article exposing alleged land-grabbing by a YSRCP MLA, claiming it’s an attempt to silence criticism.
Calls the situation a “complete law and order breakdown” and highlights the threat to democracy posed by such attacks.

Journalists’ Response:

Journalists’ unions and organizations denounce the attack and demand action against perpetrators.
They emphasize the importance of press freedom and its role in a healthy democracy.
Concerns are raised about the safety and working environment of media personnel in the region.
Wider Context:

This incident comes amidst rising tensions ahead of the Andhra Pradesh elections in 50 days.
It fuels accusations of the ruling YSRCP stifling dissent and using violence to intimidate opponents and the media.
The attack raises concerns about the state of press freedom and democracy in the region.

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