police in Delhi raided the building of a news website a favour for her fierce criticism of Indian government over Retracted article about a politician in Cost of judgment party’s social media campaigns.
The officers arrived in homes of Many editors of the wire in the middle of night and confiscated their laptops and phones. that they also searched in website’s office in Capital.
They were behaving on Complaint from Amit Malvia, the head of The social media division of Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), who Wire accused of post fake story that tarnished him reputation.
Wire’s report alleged that Malviya used special Privileges granted to him by Meta, the owner of Facebook and Instagram, to take down Posts critical of Bharatiya Janata Party.
Malviya said to him ability To do his job has been damaged. “that they [the stories] Ruined the atmosphere and spoiled relationships and trust severely built over Years in ranking for me to carry out Careers of Malvia said.
The Wire discovered after publication that a researcher had falsified used documents in The story. and approved errorto retreat story and confess need for more Rigorous comprehensive audit by independent experts.
The wire filed a complaint of queen against Independent researcher, Devesh Kumar, for supply it with fabricated material. The website editor Siddharth Varadarjan said on Tuesday that Kumar admitted to fabricating evidence.
Opposition journalists and politicians criticized the raids, who for years accused government of trying to muzzle or control media.
critics of Narendra Modi government say freedom of Expression has been severely restricted since he came power in 2014, with Many of the current media acting almost like government fans. This has left just a little news Channels and publications that operate independently.
Journalist Sahsini Haidar described the raid as “hidden intimidation”. speaking for The opposition Congress party Tweet: “Modi govt’s move on All free media voice: strangle, repress, conquer, strangle … the nation has turned into a police state.”
editorial on Another citizen news website emphasized need for Journalists to exercise responsibility and accountability, but criticized the raid. “Using the police to raid homes of The senior Unacceptable editors and a clear infringement of Well-established rules regarding media. This amounts to intimidation and is a measure used by governments to muzzle media By spreading fear and terror,” He Said.
their press freedom bodies also condemned a growing trend of Journalists are banned from leaving the country. In the latest For example, a Kashmiri photojournalist said last A month she was banned from traveling to New York, where she was due to receive a Pulitzer prize. Sana Arshad Matu, 27 years old, was in a team of Reuters photographers who It was won Pulitzer for feature Photography for they coverage of Corona virus crisis in India.
It was second The time when Matto was banned from traveling abroad. In July, officials stopped her while she was trying to board a plane bound for Paris, where she was supposed to take part. in Inauguration ceremony of a book and an exhibition to display it photos from Kashmir.
In the latest World Press Freedom Index, published by Reporters Without Borders in May, India slipped to 150 out of 180 countries down From the previous 142 year and 133 in 2016.