New Delhi: Freedom of Press as guaranteed by the Constitution of India cannot be curbed. In the past, media fought against such forces and would continue to do so in future as well.
A protest meeting was held at Press Club of India, New Delhi in which Editors’ Guild of India, Indian Women’s Press Corps, Indian Journalist Women, Press Association, Delhi Union of Journalist participated. This meeting was held to record their protest against the action taken by CBI against NDTV.
Noted Journalists, Editors, Lawyers and Intellectuals strongly condemned the attitude of the Govt.
Nehal Singh, Kuldeep Nayar, Fali S Nariman, Arun Shouri, Mr. Shekar Gupta and others attended the meeting.
Addressing the protest meeting, Mr. Arun Shouri told that presuming that whatever Govt. does is right is not a good sign. If the Govt. thinks that by harassing a journalist, it can force him to toe its line is foolish. He targeted Modi Govt. for attacking media and said “The man who had ascended this throne also was sure of he being a god”.
He emphasized journalists the need for greater unity to oppose the policy of the present Govt. which is harassing the media. He warned that if any force makes an attempt to lay hands on media, that hand would be burnt.
Mr. Fali Nariman reviewed the legal aspects of the complaint against NDTV and said that registering the complaint after 7 years itself is suspicious. Mr. Pronnoy Roy of NDTV in his address told that he or his wife Radhika have not touched any black money. They have not given bribe to anyone in their life. He mentioned that CBI raided in Delhi and Dehradun at four places but they have not disclosed what they found. He said that he is ready for transparent probe. The way in which NDTV is being pressurized cannot be tolerated. Mr. Kuldeep Nayar told that Govt. is trying to weaken the foundations of democracy. Mr. Shekar Gupta told the journalist to get united. A resolution was passed in the meeting.