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Binoy Viswam Condemned the Vengeful Action of DelhiPolice on Journalists, Activists and Authors

The Delhi Police raided residences of several journalists, activists, authors and

satirists and engaged in search and seizure of books, journals, magazines, laptops and

mobile phones, allegedly without any warrant, on the morning of 3rd October, 2023. It

was reported that houses of journalists Urmilesh, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Bhasha

Singh, Abhisar Sharma, Prabir Purkayastha, Aunindyo Chakravarty, historian Sohail

Hashmi, social activist Teesta Setalvad, author Gita Hariharan, satirist Sanjay Rajoura

and scientist D. Raghunandan were raided, with the Delhi Police giving no clarity on

the reasons behind this crackdown and widespread search and seizures.

The common thread between the persons who were raided is their well-known

critical approach towards the wrongdoings of the Modi Government, instead of

compliance as desired by the BJP. These journalists and activists have questioned the

Modi regime on several critical issues like the mishandling of the Manipur crisis, the

Adani-Hindenburg revelations, spread of fake news, communalisation of society and

media, Pegasus snooping issue, corruption in the Raphael Deal etc. It is publicly known

that the BJP did not allow even the Parliament to discuss the Manipur crisis or the Adani

revelation and used different tactics to avoid discussion on these critical issues,

including by causing repeated disruptions.

The raids conducted today should be seen in this context and they are concerning

for the future of independence of press and freedom of speech. Muzzling of criticism

and curbing free flow of information are detrimental for democracy. Reacting to these

concerning developments, CPI Parliamentary Leader and National Secretary Binoy

Viswam said, “Modi government’s crackdown on press has already brought India among

the bottom 20 countries in the World Press Freedom Index. Several journalists are in

jails under draconian charges for reporting the truth. BJP’s contempt for a democratic

society is visible to all. These raids are condemnable desperate attempts to hide gross

misgovernance, corruption and failures of the last 9 years.”

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