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Editors Guild Fails to Condemn Mamata Banerjee Govt for Hounding OpIndia & Its Editor, Netizens Raise Questions

WebdeskSep 12, 2021, 02:24 PM IST

Editors Guild Fails to Condemn Mamata Banerjee Govt for Hounding OpIndia & Its Editor, Netizens Raise Questions

Displaying its bias as openly as it could, the Editors Guild of India failed to condemn the Mamata Banerjee government for hounding the news website OpIndia and its Editor-in-Chief Nupur J Sharma.

Earlier too, when fourth FIR was filed by the Mamata Banerjee government, the Editors Guild had not condemned the government.

On the contrary, immediately after a visit by the Income Tax officials to the offices of NewsClick and Newslaundry, the Guild issued a statement targeting the Union government.

The Editors Guild ahs become a tool to target the Union government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

“EG is not disturbed when an editor is forced out of her hometown by a vengeful state?”, posted senior journalist Mohan Sinha.

Earlier, as reported by the Organiser, the OpIndia Editor Nupur J Sharma announced on Thursday (September 9) that “after the unrelenting persecution by the Mamata Banerjee government” she has decided to move to Delhi from Kolkata.

“After the unrelenting persecution by the Mamata Banerjee government and threats received over the past few years, I have decided to move to Delhi. Staying in West Bengal under the current regime, it is next to impossible to report the truth”, read a statement issued by her.

She had added “For the safety of my family and to continue to uphold Dharma as OpIndia has been doing since its inception, me leaving my home of decades became a necessity.”

“Remember how she was pretty happy hardly a year or two back at her daughter getting admission in her favourite school. Everything has to be redrawn and rebuilt because democracy is being saved by a maniac”, CEO of OpIndia, Rahul Roshan, posted.

Many expressed their shock and anguish over the turn of events. “Shocked that those who pretend to be its guardians have discarded #FreeSpeech — no condemnation, no letters, not a peep of protest. A journalist is being forced to leave her home, her state, to protect her family. Stay strong @UnSubtleDesi!”, posted Vice-President of Delhi-based Think Tank Gautam Chikermane.

Continuing its process of witch-hunting, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government had filed yet another case against news portal OpIndia Editor-in-Chief Nupur Sharma and its CEO Rahul Roushan. 

The copy of the new FIR was never uploaded either on West Bengal police’s website or CID’s website. Nupur Sharma and Rahul Roushan got to know of the FIR when they received summons from the CID.

Later, action in this FIR was also stayed by the Supreme Court.

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