Amid the witch-hunt on Republic Media Network, over a dozen officers of the Mumbai Police on Wednesday morning reached Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami's residence. The Mumbai Police manhandled Arnab Goswami and as many as 10 police personnel entered the residence of Arnab, with the video captured LIVE. They pushed and heckled Arnab demanding he come out.
Moreover, the Mumbai Police blocked Republic Executive editor Niranjan Narayanswamy and senior associate editor Sanjay Pathak from entering Arnab's residence. 8 police vehicles and at least 40-50 Police personnel are in the building premises of Arnab, many armed. When Niranjan said that it is his right to report, he was thrown out of the building and the Mumbai Police wanted his phone.
We may disagree with Arnab brand of journalism but Maharashtra government should be held accountable for pushing for illegal action against working journalist to throttle the democratic right of reporting. It has been a disgrace to democracy. Furthermore, the competitors of Republic Network are enjoying the moment without realising it may come and haunt them in the future.
Prashant Tewari, Editor-in-Chief