The Maoist attack on media was not unexpected. None of the Maoist's policies, strategies, or activities belies a respect for freedom. You can't expect people who came to the top by using violence against those who held differing views, to esteem intellectual thought. Although the biggest strength of a people's republic is the awareness and capacity for analytical criticism it encourages in the public, it becomes an obstacle for an autocratic power.
Since the Maoists haven't budged an inch away from their goal of proletariat totalitarianism, it was obvious that they would make the media its first victim. As long as the press keeps the public's eyes open, the Maoists are aware that their road to a totalitarian regime is not going to be easy.
Mainstream media should realise that they pampered this undemocratic force into power. A democratic society rests on the foundation of a professional, sincere and truly united press, not in the opportunistic and superficial unity amongst journalists.