Guwahati, 5 October 2023: Expressing concern over the recent arrest and raids of media office and residences of journalists in New Delhi, an Assam based scribe’s body urges Delhi police to clarify the reason behind the actions against media personnel in the last few days.
Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) stated that no scribe should be harassed for his/her credible journalism, but the profession should not allow anyone to gather funds from foreign countries (precisely theenemy nation) to propagate anti-national activities.
Media reports from the national capital reveal that the Delhi police recently raided the office of NewsClick (later sealed it) as well as residences of many journalists & writers associated with the news website in different localities like Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad. It’s alleged that the management of NewsClick, founded in 2009, received a huge amount of money from China to support anti-India agendas. As many as 45 suspects were questioned and a large number of electronic devices from their custodies were also seized.
Meanwhile, its founder Prabir Purkayastha along with its human resources department head Amit Chakravarty have been arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for purportedly spreading pro-China contents. It is assumed that they pursued the Chinese propaganda to exclude (or shown as disputed territories) both Arunachal Pradesh and Kashmir from the map of India.
“While we stand by all journalists, doing their job with integrity & honesty, and no way they should face harassments while doing their duties, we cannot support the media persons pursuing anti-Bharat activities. No journalist should play the role of a tool for our enemy
nations in greed of some money,” said JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria, adding that the forum also expresses dismay while 14 Indian television news anchors were boycotted by the opposition parties.