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Politicians not a threat to media: Omar Abdullah

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 - 9:35pm IST | Agency: PTI

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said politicians aren't as much of a threat to the "independent media" as "spare cash" being used to "mop up" electronic and print media groups.

Omar made this observation against the backdrop of the raging controversy over Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's attack on sections of the electronic media. He also raised a question as to whether there could be a media freed from "deep pockets and other vested interests". "I like how we are being asked if we want a media freed from politicians. How about a media freed from deep pockets and other vested interests?," Omar asked in a Twitter post.

I like how we are being asked if we want a media freed from politicians. How about a media freed from deep pockets & other vested interests?

— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) February 25, 2014

Politicians aren't as much of a threat to a "free & independent media" as spare cash being used to mop up electronic & print media groups is

— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) February 25, 2014

Making it clear that politicians were not a threat to the fourth pillar of democracy, Omar said, "politicians aren't as much of a threat to a 'free and independent media' as spare cash being used to mop up electronic & print media groups is."

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