Condemning the ‘illegal’ arrest of Republic Media Network Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) demanded the immediate release of Arnab.
CPJ’s senior Asia researcher said “Holding Arnab Goswami in prison while police conduct their investigation only heightens suspicions that the actions against him are in retaliation for critical coverage. Goswami should be released immediately and authorities across India should stop harassing journalists.”
Arnab has been in judicial custody for the past three days, while the Bombay High Court will hear his bail plea on Saturday, 12 PM.
CPJ observed that Republic TV has published several critical and investigative stories about police and politicians in recent months, specifically against the Maharashtra government. In the last few months, CPJ has documented three other police investigations into journalists at Republic TV. CPJ is an independent, non-profit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide, defending right of journalists to report the news safely and without fear of reprisal.