Nadda, Javadekar slam Mumbai police for assault on Republic network
BJP president JP Nadda
J P Nadda, BJP chief bashed Mumbai police for assaulting the freedom of Republic Media Network by tweeting on Thursday that such 'whimsical witch-hunts' cannot remain hidden. Prakash Javadekar, minister of Union Information and Broadcasting, while upholding press freedom said Congress and its allies' attempts targeting the media is unacceptable.
While commenting on the allegations of Mumbai police against the Republic TV, it was opined by Nadda that the Congress' attack on press freedom has been its norm since the Emergency period in 1975.
When Republic Media Network accessed the FIR filed by the Mumbai police it was found that it was India Today, whose name was mentioned in the FIR along with other channels, not Republic TV which contradicted the allegations of Param Bir Singh, Commissioner of Mumbai police on republic TV.
Mumbai police have recorded the statements of Hansa Research group's two employees, Nitin Deokar, DY general manager, and relationship manager Vishal who is responsible for maintaining and installing the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) Bar-O-Meter.
It was revealed by Bhandari that he was offered money from some channels including India Today to panel home the installation area of Bar-O-Meter. He also informed that the panel homes get paid to watch a particular channel or channels so that their ratings can increase.
It was also revealed by Deokar that Bhandari was asked by Vinay whose further details are not known yet to ask 5-panel homes in November 2019 to watch the channel, India Today daily for two hours.
According to the confession that Bhandari gave in front of the BARC Vigilance team, he was given Rs. 5,000 by Vinay to distribute among 5-panel houses as a bribe. And this claim got confirmed by the BARC's inquiry that 5-panel homes were indeed paid to watch India Today in November 2019. Param Bir Singh stated that Mumbai police have arrested two people in connection with this case.
In response to the false allegations by the Mumbai police commissioner, Arnab Goswami, director & editor-in-chief of Republic Media Network said in a statement early today that a criminal defamation case will be filed by Republic TV against the Param Bir Singh. He said that "such action only strengthens the resolve of everyone working at the Network to push for the truth even harder."
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