Ranchi: Throwing his weight behind Press Council of India Chairman Justice (Retd) Markandey Katju, suspended JD (U) MP Upendra Kushwaha on Monday backed his remark that the press is not enjoying freedom in the state and harassed if scribes  write against the ruling dispensation in the state.

“Press Council of India Chairman’s statement is apt. Newspapers publish news on the behest of Nitish Kumar,” he told mediapersons here.

After slamming Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan over attacks on journalists in the state, Katju had targeted the Bihar government alleging that if any journalist writes against the (Bihar) Government or against any minister or official, he/she is either dismissed from his job or is transferred.

He had claimed that the newspaper proprietors are pressurized to act against such journalists or else their government advertisements are stopped. Katju said that therefore the journalists in the state avoid writing against the (Bihar) government.

When asked to react on the ongoing crisis on the Chotanagpur Tenancy (CNT) Act in Jharkhand, he said, “The state government should take immediate and effective measures to address the problem.”

He also added, “In Jharkhand, the JD(U) doesn’t exists anywhere. Today, it has only two MLAs here.”