The Indian Media Centre has strongly condemned registration of FIR by the Mumbai police against the Republic TV staff members and has termed it as a brazen attack on the media rights.
In a statement the IMC demanded the I&B ministry to look into the matter to protect the media group from the Mumbai police’s intimidatory actions and stop browbeating the Republic TV staff.
The Mumbai police have registered three criminal cases against the group editor Arnab Goswami and his staff which clearly indicated how the police was trying to cow down the media group and scuttle freedom of the press.
The IMC took exception to the fact that Republic Media Network has been issued notice by the police to submit details of every transaction since it’s inception and list every single journalist and employee and termed it as a brazen and blatant strongarm tactic to hound the media.
An FIR was registered against four journalists of the news channel Republic TV on Friday for allegedly defaming the Mumbai police and trying to cause “disaffection” among members of the police force.
The FIR named anchor and deputy news editor Shivani Gupta, anchor and senior associate editor Sagarika Mitra, deputy editor Shawan Sen and executive editor Niranjan Narayanswami.
Also, Arnab Goswami is already facing two FIRs at the Pydhonie police station and NM Joshi Marg police station for inciting communal tension and spreading hatred between two communities.