On Tuesday morning, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) raided the residences of several officials and journalists associated with Newsclick.in. The organisation’s office was also raided. A fresh assault on press freedom, this is yet another attempt to harass and intimidate independent media and those who speak truth to power. Newsclick has stood for critical fearless journalism, reporting with commitment and in alliance with people’s movements.
As raids continued for over 28 hours, these attempts to silence democratic voices were met with collective condemnation by several organisations, journalists, and viewers alike. Here are the statements issued by Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ), Editors Guild of India (EDi), Press Club of India and Digipub, and a joint statement by Jan Sanskriti Manch, Dalit Lekhak Sangh, Pragatisheel Lekhak Sangh, IPTA, Cinema of Resistance, New Socialist Initiative and Janwadi Lekhak Sangh, Anveshan
Tweet by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Asia chapter
We are concerned by news reports that the Indian government’s Enforcement Directorate raided the office of @newsclickin today. We urge authorities to respect press freedom.https://t.co/EI5s87dpoo#PressFreedom #India
— CPJ Asia (@CPJAsia) February 9, 2021