President and Editorial Director of the news media company The Quint, Sanjay Pugalia, has claimed that “Raghav Bahl and The Quint” have been focused for their “autonomous and brave news coverage”
Indeed, even as the Income Tax authorities were proceeding with the strikes at the workplace of media proprietor Raghav Bahl on Thursday, October 11, Associate Editor of the Quint, Poonam Agarwal, blamed the IT officers for cloning the “journalistic and individual” information from the contraptions of her partner and organizer of the site, Ritu Kapoor.
In a progression of tweets, she pondered, “can an administration utilize IT strike to clone finish information to check what records are on columnists’ PC and hard drive.” She likewise scrutinized the planning of the assaults which, as per her, are occurring at when the “legislature has been asked by the Supreme Court to outfit points of interest of its basic leadership process.”
income Tax authorities on Thursday completed “studies” at the living arrangement and office of Quintillion Media Pvt Ltd in Noida, which runs the site The Quint and is claimed by Raghav Bahl over supposed tax avoidance, inciting furious responses.
The Editors Guild of India has communicated its worry over “hunt and study” directed by the Income Tax authorities at the home and office of media proprietor Raghav Bahl in Noida on Thursday morning. Referring to Raghav’s announcement in which he had affirmed that “we are a completely assess consistent element”, the best collection of editors speaking to the media business, kept up that “while the duty organization is inside its rights to make request inconsistency with the pertinent laws, it ought not practice those forces in a way that could be viewed as a terrorizing of the administration’s faultfinders.
Editors Guild of India expresses concern over the search and survey conducted by the Income Tax Department at the offices of The Quint and at the residence of its founder Raghav Bahl. pic.twitter.com/uEaAzMOZyl
— Editors Guild of India (@IndEditorsGuild) October 11, 2018
“The Guild trusts that spurred salary to assess hunts and studies will genuinely undermine media opportunity and the legislature should halt from such endeavours,” it kept up.
Prior, in a note to the Editors’ Guild, Raghav—who is the originator of the Quint news entryway and was the head of Network18 gathering, before it was sold—said that The Quint was “completely assess consistent substance” and would give all entrance to all suitable money related report. He, in any case, said that he had just let one know of the officers at his premises that he ought not “attempt and get or see some other mail/report which is probably going to contain intense/touchy journalistic material.” He said in the event that they do that “we will look for to a great degree solid response.”
— Raghav Bahl (@Raghav_Bahl) October 11, 2018
The searches were in connection with “tax evasion”, news agency Press Trust of India quoted officials as saying. Searches are being carried out on a few more people as part of the Income Tax Department’s investigation of tax evasion by business professionals, PTI said.
“We believe in freedom of press and democratic values. If any media house is involved in corruption, they have to answer,” Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told media, responding to the queries about the raids if they were an attempt to suppress the media.
Some of the top most reactions by top intellectual class people & journalist sharing their concern on this matter.
No doubt that Quint & Raghav Bahl are being raided by the IT Dept only because they have been critical of the govt & in order to intimidate the media. IT, ED & CBI are being misused by this govt like never before https://t.co/S8OteLrpdU
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) October 11, 2018
After Pranoy Roy, now @Raghav_Bahl is targeted. Raghav is one of the most credible media personalities. Now he is paying the price for being anti-establishment, criticising Modi Govt.
— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) October 11, 2018
CPJ is concerned about news report that suggest tax officials have cloned data from @TheQuint co-founder @kapur_ritu's gadgets containing sensitive journalistic material during a tax raid. This is a direct attack on journalistic freedom. https://t.co/5GvhsVNUzY #pressfreedom
— CPJ Asia (@CPJAsia) October 11, 2018
As a free media firm, The Social Rush strongly condemns this step taken selectively by the Modi government against fearless journalism & free media promoting and practising media entities like NDTV, The Quint, The News Minute & others.
Whatever happens, we will keep dissenting against the government because for us the primary objective is to bring out the truth in front of the people which is sadly not done by Corporate media doing propaganda journalism.
The Social Rush