Facts concocted, CBI raids a signal to free press: NDTV’s Prannoy Roy

NDTV co-founder Prannoy Roy said Friday that CBI bank fraud allegations were a “ridiculous and concise set of facts” and that the move was “a signal to all free press in India.” Addressing a meeting of mediators Press Club of India Friday, four days after the raids were carried out on the properties of the founders of the NDTV, Prannoy and Radhika Roy, said: “It is not NDTV. All of us and that there is no case – there is a ridiculous and concise set of facts – in fact even greater signal They try to tell us – we can punish him even if he has done nothing wrong. ”
Roy was accompanied by senior journalists such as Kuldip Nayar, Om Thanvi, Raj Chengappa, Shekhar Gupta, Rajdeep Sardesai, former minister, author and journalist Arun Shourie, journalist and former member of the Rajya Sabha, H K Dua and jurist Fali Nariman. Speakers criticized the ICC raids as an attempt to curb the freedom of the press, while warning the media against the seizure of power in the hands of the government.
Roy said his fight was not against the IWC, the Department of I-T or erectile dysfunction, but against the politicians who said, use these institutions and “ruin and destroy our country.”
Time and transparent probe in the matter required, said: “Today, they undertake to respond to these false accusations in an open and transparent manner …”. Radhika (Roy) and myself and NDTV have never touched a black silver rupee. Never bribe a person into our lives. ”
Nariman said “The FIR presented by the IWC is definitely an unjustified attack against the press and freedom of the media …. IWC presented the FIR not on the basis of its own discovery, but only and solely on the basis of information provided by An individual, Sanjay Dutt. “Dutt is a former NDTV consultant.
Saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had gathered journalists, Shourie had a verse for him. “He who held the throne before, also had the same belief that he was God.” He added: “It is very sad that we have not responded since we had to choke RTI …” The news is that the government wants to hide … Do not become tools to distract your readers and viewers. ”
Claiming that “there is no minister here, the government is the men and a half,” Shourie said, “Instead of buying peace with the concessionaire, I invite the lack of cooperation.”
Gupta said that organizational and institutional affiliations should be canceled to counter aggression against press freedom. Asking journalists not to be sued for “storm abuse,” he said: “Our job is to tell the truth to power. Many of us have become megaphones for power.
The Broadcasting News Association (NBA), an organization of the television news channel industry, has also expressed concern about the CBI’s incursions into the founding of NDTV.
He condemns “any attempt to muzzle the media,” the NBA said in a statement said it “asserts that no individual or institution is above the law.” Such a move, he said, “undermines the fundamental principles of freedom of expression enshrined in the Constitution of India.”
The NBA added that “hopes” that the CBI ensures a fair investigation and not “risk of harassment concerted” Roys and NDTV. NDTV is a member of the NBA.

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