News Broadcasters Association led by India TV Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Rajat Sharma has condemned the manner in which Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief of Republic TV, was arrested by the Raigarh Police. According to the police, Goswami was arrested in a 2018 abetment to suicide case.
In a statement issued today, NBA said it is dismayed in the manner in which he was arrested. “Even though NBA does not agree with his type of journalism, we denounce retaliatory action, if any by the authorities against a media editor. Media is not above the law but due process must be followed,” the news industry body said.
NBA appealed to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra to ensure that Goswami is treated fairly and state power is not misused for vendetta.
Earlier, the Editors' Guild of India too expressed shock. "We condemn the sudden arrest and find it extremely distressing. The guild calls upon Maharashtra to ensure that Goswami is treated fairly and state power is not used against critical reporting by the media," the top media body said in a statement.
Arnab Goswami-led News Broadcasters Federation (NBF) in a tweet said it strongly condemns such shameful, shocking and cruel attacks on the fourth pillar of democracy. This is sheer disrespectful, fascist and anarchistic action against the freedom of press in the history of the country.
#NBF strongly #condemns such shameful, shocking and cruel attacks on the #fourth_pillar_of_democracy. This is sheer disrespectful, fascist and anarchistic action against the #freedom_of_press in the history of the country. #ArnabWeAreWithYou #pmoindia #MumbaiPolice #RepublicTV— NBF (@TweetsNbf) November 4, 2020
The statement issued by the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) said, "It is shocked by the arrest of Arnab Goswami and condemns the manner in which the arrest was made by the Maharashtra police. Freedom of the media and in particular news media forms the founding block of democracy. While no one is above the law, not even media, any misuse of State power must be denigrated. IBF urges the Chief Minister of Maharashtra to treat Mr. Arnab Goswami in a fair and equitable manner. IBF stands in support of the freedom of media and implores State authorities to ensure that the due process of law is followed."