New Delhi: The managing editor and two anchors of ABP news channel had to quit due to pressure from the government for airing stories critical of the Modi dispensation. The issue was also echoed in the Lok Sabha, where Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge also accused the government of trying to “intimidate” the media and “curbing” its freedom.
However, Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Strongly denied the charges and said the government has nothing to do with the internal developments in the channel.
Kharge claimed that the managing editor with 14 years of service in the channel and the two other employees were forced to quit following government pressure after it carried out a “reality check” on a Chhattisgarh woman farmer’s claim during an interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi that her farm income had doubled. He added that after the channel ran the “reality check”, the government put pressure on the channel to remove the three employees.