एडिटर्स गिल्ड ने योगी सरकार के खिलाफ जारी की प्रेस रिलीज, पढ़ें

PRESS STATEMENT

The Editors Guild of India condemns the arrest of Noida-based journalist Prashant Kanojia and the editor and head of a NOIDA-based television channel, Nation Live – Ishita Singh and Anuj Shukla- by the Uttar Pradesh government.

Mr Kanojia has been accused of uploading a post on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on the social media and the Nation Live head and editor have been charged with having aired a video on the UP chief minister. The police action is high-handed, arbitrary and amounts to an authoritarian misuse of laws. The Guild sees it as an effort to intimidate the press, and stifle freedom of expression.

The FIR is based on the journalist sharing on Twitter the video of a woman claiming a “relationship” with the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. The television channel had broadcast a video on the same issue. Whatever the accuracy of the woman’s claims, to register a case of criminal defamation against the journalists for sharing it on the social media and airing it on a television channel is a brazen misuse of law. To give the police powers to arrest, provisions of Section 66 of the IT Act have also been added.

As with a recent case in Karnataka that the Guild spoke about, the FIR in this case is also not filed by the person allegedly affected but suo motu by the police. This is a condemnable misuse of law and state power.

The EGI also reiterates its demand that the defamation law should be decriminalised. The misuse of law in this specific case, as in Karnataka earlier, goes way beyond criminal defamation as many IT Act and Indian Penal Code provisions have been invoked in what looks like a motivated and vindictive action.

Shekhar Gupta, President
Ashok Bhattacharya, General Secretary
Sheela Bhatt, Treasurer

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  • Arvind Sharma says:

    I am not Yogi fan or blind supporter of any party. I am just fed up with irresponsible journalism.
    Why can’t those journalists be condemned, who posted the news without verifying its authenticity? Does it not qualify to be termed as a deliberate attempt to assasinate someone’s image and character? Does by wearing the tag of journalist, one has the license to speak and write anything? Why doesn’t journalists lay down rules for themselves? Be rational, be straight speaking and be truthful. All will respect the profession.

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  • madan kumar tiwary says:

    Freedom of expression ?what the hell guild is talking to ?media controlled and run by corporate , claim to be free voice, hilarious. How many times the so-called”Free voice “” raised the issue of Majithia wage board? where was this idiot Shekhar Gupta when the money monger devil corporates, by hook or by crooks attempted to snatch the right of Journalists? Press guild deserves the spitting on the mouth, fraud and cheater, pimp of corporates speak only to safeguard the pecuniary interest of their corporate bosses.

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