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SBD Global/October 14, 2013/Media

Board Of Control For Cricket In India President Denies Censoring Broadcasters

Board of Control for Cricket in India President N. Srinivasan has "rejected accusations that the Indian Cricket Board censors commentators employed by it, insisting that it does not 'interfere with the freedom of the press,'" according to the PTI. Srinivasan: "We don't censor commentators. This word censorship is incorrect. BCCI doesn't tell the commentator you say this, you cannot say this and things like that." A "controversy was triggered recently when former Australian captain Ian Chappell refused to take up a commentary assignment in India after being presented with a set of dos and donts." Srinivasan said, "What has he said? Ian Chappell is not employed by us. We have never said anything to him. We are talking about people employed by us. BCCI doesn't tell the commentator anything. BCCI in no way interferes with the freedom of the press. But, a commentator should be a commentator, and a journalist should be a journalist" (PTI, 10/13).
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