Harassment of Republic TV is an Assault on Press Freedom


Republic Media Network’s valiant fight against the illegitimate and dishonest Maharashtra government to protect freedom of expression is truly inspiring. Its Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami is one of the very few journalists, who challenged the hitherto prevailing political and social narrative that favored the left-Islamist alliance. Republic Network, which brought a nationalistic perspective to the fore, proved to be a bulwark against the evil forces that have actively been promoting Hinduphobia with a missionary zeal. At a time when the ‘Bharat Tere Tukde Honge Insha Allah’ slogans started reverberating in streets and universities, the presence of a news network in the form of Republic TV is a necessity to safeguard national interest.

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena, which sold its soul to Satan just for the sake of power, is trying to muzzle press freedom. In an unprecedented move, the Mumbai police filed an FIR against the entire editorial staff of the Republic Media Network. They are even interrogating its editors for hours and coercing them to reveal their sources.

This is happening even while the real culprits of the TRP scam, the India Today network, went scot-free. The deafening silence of the media houses that are under the influence of the Left-Islamist alliance manifests their evil intentions and inherent bias. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the center so far remained a mute spectator to the atrocities carried out by the weak Sena-led Maharashtra government.

There are many who feel that the Hindu right has always been a failure in nurturing and protecting its ecosystem. Is is not able to save the lives of its activists in states such as Kerala and West Bengal and it is not even able to safeguard the nationalist media houses from harassment by evil political forces. This behavior made many ardent nationalists feel skeptical about the BJP. The Hindu right deserves a better leadership that has the ability to protect the interests of the nationalists and nurture the Hindu nationalist ecosystem.

The fight between Republic Media Network and the people at the helm of Maharashtra government intensified the fault lines in the media fraternity. It is very much apparent that the journos who promote the Left-Islamist narrative refused to condemn the assault on the free press just because the Republic Media Network opposes Naxalism, radical Islamic terrorism, dynasty politics and rampant Hinduphobia. Their refusal to condemn the evil actions of Maharashtra government will further weaken the journalistic fraternity. And, the reluctance of the BJP government to safeguard the interests of the pro-nationalist media channels will weaken the cause of Hindu nationalism. There are many who are not happy with the BJP leadership, which miserably failed in protecting its activists and nurturing its ecosystem. They strongly feel that the BJP is growing increasingly selfish and is only interested in safeguarding its electoral interests. Perhaps the BJP leadership can take a leaf out of Congress’s book on how to protect its supporters and nurture its ecosystem.

It is very clear that people with nationalist leanings are facing increased hostility from the left-Islamist combine. Against this backdrop all the right thinking people must support Republic Media Network’s fight against the authoritarian forces that are trying to muzzle media freedom.

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