associate sponsors

Havells
HDFC

CBI raids Prannoy Roy's house: Press bodies condemn attempt to 'intimidate media'

New Delhi: Various press bodies on Tuesday expressed "deep concern" over the CBI raids at the residence of NDTV founder Prannoy Roy, saying they condemn any "attempt" to either "intimidate the media" or put curbs on its freedom.

Representational image. Twitter @ndtv

Representational image. Twitter @ndtv

"We express grave concern over the raids conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)... on the premises of NDTV promoters. While we maintain that all individuals and every institution have to abide by the law of the land, we condemn any attempt to either intimidate the media or put curbs on its freedom," President of the Press Club of India, Gautam Lahiri said.

The Central Bureau of Investigation had on Monday searched the residence of Roy in New Delhi and three other locations for allegedly causing losses to a private bank, a move termed by the NDTV as a "witch-hunt" based on "same old" false accusations.

In a strongly-worded statement, the umbrella press body also said, "We hope that all facts of the case, filed by the CBI, will be placed in public domain and the investigating agency will not harass the media organisation or place any kind of hindrance in the news operations of the channel."

The Indian Women's Press Corps (IWPC) alleged that the law of the land should not "apply selectively" nor should it be "used as an instrument to harass anyone including the media".

Expressing "deep concern" over the raids, it said, "A statement issued by NDTV seems to suggest that these raids and police entry were 'arbitrary and unwarranted'. Although no one is above the law, arbitrariness and intimidation undermine institutions of democracy and faith in law enforcement agencies. "

The IWPC urges the government and its institutions to help the media uphold the values of freedom of expression in a democratic society like ours, it said in a statement.

All India Newspaper Editor's Conference condemned the raid, alleging it was clearly a "case of an attack on freedom of the press".

Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) strongly condemned the raids carried out at the residence of Roy, saying it was a "muscular manifestation" of muzzling the independent media.

NDTV in a statement on Monday had said that the channel and its promoters would fight tirelessly against this "witch-hunt" by multiple agencies.

"We will not succumb to these attempts to blatantly undermine democracy and free speech in India. We have one message to those who are trying to destroy the institutions of India and everything it stands for: we will fight for our country and overcome these forces," NDTV said.


Updated Date: Jun 06, 2017 20:41 PM

Also Watch

Social Media Star: Abhishek Bachchan, Varun Grover reveal how they handle selfies, trolls and broccoli
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 It's a Wrap: Soorma star Diljit Dosanjh and Hockey legend Sandeep Singh in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 Watch: Dalit man in Uttar Pradesh defies decades of prejudice by taking out baraat in Thakur-dominated Nizampur village
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 India's water crisis: After govt apathy, Odisha farmer carves out 3-km canal from hills to tackle scarcity in village
  • Sunday, July 15, 2018 Maurizio Sarri, named as new Chelsea manager, is owner Roman Abramovich's latest gamble in quest for 'perfect football'

Also See