NBF welcomes SC’s decision to protect Arnab Goswami from coercive action
The News Broadcasters Federation (NBF) has welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court to protect NBF President and Republic Media Network’s Editor-in-Chief and Founder Arnab Goswami from arrest on the insistence of the Congress Party.
NBF also stated in its release that it was a clear indication that “truth will prevail and the faith in the judiciary is something we as a body always take pride in. There was an attempt to intimidate Arnab Goswami by filing more than 100 FIRs, which hasn’t deterred him from performing his duty to his best of knowledge and the show will continue to raise issues which concern the common man and affect his livelihood.”
NBF welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to give protection to Goswami against any coercive actions in the bunch of FIRs filed against him very recently in the Congress-ruled states. “NBF is also pleased with the order that refused to place restraint or restrictions on the media, thus upholding the Freedom of Expression and press freedom,” said R Jai Krishna, Secretary-General, News Broadcasters Federation.
“We wholeheartedly welcome the Supreme Court’s verdict granting three weeks of interim protection and no coercive action against Arnab Goswami. The apex court ruling is a body blow to the Congress party’s attempt at muzzling the freedom of the press in general and Republic TV in particular,” said Riniki B Sharma, Chair-Person and Managing Director, Pride East Entertainments.
“It’s a great relief to see the country’s highest judiciary, the Supreme Court, giving Arnab protection from arrest and it’s a welcome decision,” remarked Shankar B, CEO, Fourth Dimension Media.
“This is a big victory for media and the judiciary has once again saved the media from being intimidated from the politicians or governments. We stand by Arnab and believe will come out stronger after this,” said Sanjive Narain, Founder, Prag News (Assam).
“Any form of physical attack, abuse or instigation for violence against a journalist should be condemned. Journalists are duty bound to report on facts without fear. The freedom of the fourth estate is the basic tenet of any democratic society. Goswami’s attackers should be prosecuted as per the law and the authorities should ensure that the goons do not get away,” said Kartikeya Sharma, Founder, iTV Network.
News Broadcasters Federation represents over 300 TV news channels and counts Dighvijay, DY365 News, First India Rajasthan, Gulistan News, IBC24, India News, JK 24X7, Living India News, MH One News, News Live, News Nation, NewsX, North East Live, Odisha TV, Prag News, Puthiya Thalaimurai TV, Republic Bharat, Republic TV, S Newz, TV5, and Twenty Four News among its founding members.