New Delhi, Aug 08: Reacting to the statement by the Editors Guild decrying attempts on part of the government to interfere in free and independent functioning of journalists, the Congress on Wednesday said that the statement by the Guild had confirmed what its party president Rahul Gandhi had said about the undue pressure on the media to not cover the Rafale scam.
In a statement issued here, the Guild decried attempts on part of the government to interfere in the free and independent functioning of journalists, either put under pressure directly, or through the proprietors.
“The Editors Guild of India condemns the manner in which the right to practise free and independent journalism is seen to be undermined by a combination of forces - some media owners' inability to withstand political covert or overt pressures from the political establishment and frequent instances of blocking or interference in the transmission of television content that is seen to be critical of the government,’’the statement by the Editors Guild said.
The Guild decried the "cease and desist" notice served by a large corporate group on some newspapers in an effort to block the coverage of an important Defence deal.
‘’The company should withdraw this notice. And if it doesn't, it should be resisted and. If needed, we hope the courts will weigh in for the right of journalists to investigate and raise questions,’’the Guild said.
Reacting to the Guild’s statement, the Congress, in a statement on its official twitter handle, said, “The Editors Guild of India finally confirms what Congress president Rahul Gandhi has said about the undue pressure on the media to not cover the Rafale Scam.”
In a recent tweet, the Congress president had alleged threats to media persons reporting about the Rafale scam. (UNI)