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Throttling the freedom of press in the name of money laundering?

The Background:

The assault on Independent media is on. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) raided the residences of several officials and journalists associated with NewsClick.in, an independent news portal based in New Delhi.

 Its directors, including editor-in Chief Prabir Purkayastha and Editor, Pranjal, residences were raided. In a brief statement the news portal has said, “Truth shall prevail. We have full faith in the legal system.” Till evening the raids were going on.

Meanwhile, various news organisations and senior journalists took to social media and said that this latest ED raid is nothing but government’s attempt to harass journalist and muzzle the independent media. Whosoever is not toeing the government’s line would be intimidated.

DIGIPUB News India Foundation, formed by digital media organisations and freelancers, issued a statement and strongly condemned the raid. NewsClick editor Prabir Purkayastha is DIGIPUB’s vice chairperson.

Here are some more tweets condemning this incident.

The Congress too tweeted.

Condemning this action, the CPIML (Liberation) general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya tweeted, “…The attack on #Newsclick is an application of the Modi doctrine of demonisation of dissent and assault on independent media, especially sections of media that focuses on struggles for justice, people’s rights and the constitutional vision of a secular democratic republic.”

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