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N Biren condemns Arnab’s arrest, calls it attack on press freedom

Terming the Arnab Goswami’s arrest as “an attack in press freedom,” Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh lambasted the Maharashtra government.

Mr. Biren, in a tweet, writes : Physically assaulted & arrested of @republic Editor-in-Chief #ArnabGoswami by Mumbai police is an attack on press freedom. I strongly condemn such politically motivated act of the #Maharashtra govt. #IndiaWithArnab.

Several Union Ministers took to Twitter to condemn the arrest as a reminder of the Emergency.

“Congress and its allies have shamed democracy once again. Blatant misuse of state power against Republic TV and Arnab Goswami is an attack on individual freedom and the 4th pillar of democracy. It reminds us of the Emergency. This attack on free press must be and WILL BE OPPOSED,” tweeted Home Minister Amit Shah as reports emerged of Arnab Goswami’s arrest.

“We condemn the attack on press freedom in Maharashtra. This is not the way to treat the Press. This reminds us of the emergency days when the press was treated like this,” posted Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar.

Union Minister Smriti Irani said, “Those in the free press who don’t stand up today in support of Arnab, you are now tactically in support of fascism. You may not like him, you may not approve of him,you may despise his very existence but if you stay silent you support suppression. Who speaks if you are next ?”

Arnab Goswami, Republic TV’s editor-in-chief, has been arrested in connection with abetment to suicide case.

The police are now investigating the Republic TV founder for his alleged role in the death of an architect who designed his studio, media reports said.

Anvay Naik took his life in 2018, and his wife accused Mr. Goswami of not paying his fee. Mr. Goswami and the Republic TV network have denied the allegation.

Mr. Naik and his mother were found dead in May 2018 at their home in Maharashtra’s Alibaug region. Mr. Naik’s wife said he left a suicide note in which he blamed Mr. Goswami for his death.

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