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Karnataka withdraws ordinance banning photography and videography in government offices

Mangaluru: The Karnataka government has withdrawn its order prohibiting photography and videography by the public inside state government offices.

On Friday, the government issued an order in this regard without citing any reason for the decision.

The government banned videography and photography in public offices based on a petition from the Karnataka State Government Employees Association. The president of the association had said that the photographs and videos shot in government offices were circulating on social networks. And there are chances that these photographs will be misused.

But the banning order was strongly opposed by social activists.

Following a strong objection, the state government withdrew the order within 24 hours.

“The order has been reconsidered. The government decree has been withdrawn with immediate effect,” the new decree reads.

“This was a senseless order issued by the state government. Social activists have brought to light cases of corruption in government offices through video clippings and photographs. Why should the government ban the photography? If someone is caught harassing government employees, they should be reserved. A blanket ban on photography or videography is not a good move,” said Shashidhar Shetty, social activist and secretary from the National Environment Care Federation, to Deccan Chronicle.