While the state government has ‘exempted’ print media from the lockdown, from April 20, it has asked newspaper owners to stop door-to-door delivery of newspapers and magazines, to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said “They have assured complete cooperation”.
The Maharashtra Government had initially only exempted ‘electronic media including broadcasting, DTH and cable services’. Shortly after, however, it exempted the print media from the lockdown, too. But prohibited the ‘door-to-door delivery of newspapers and magazines’, to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The opposition, however, was not happy with this decision. BJP leader and Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis said, “The main objective of the print media will not be fulfilled if door-to-door distribution is not allowed. Considering the importance of the print media in time of fake news, the World Health Organisation has also stated that newspapers are safe. So, I request the chief minister to reconsider the decision”.