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Shiv Sena orders blocking “Republic TV” across Maharashtra

After putting Republic’s reporter, Anuj Kumar, video journalist, Yashpaljit Singh and Ola cab driver, Pradeep Dilip Dhanavade in jail illegaly for 3 days, and interrogating with them on an alleged “illegal trespassing” in Matoshree, Shiv Sena has now resorted to shocking threats to cable networks in Maharashtra to block Republic TV and Republic Bharat from beaming to the homes of the people in the state. The Shiv Cable Sena which is a part of the Shiva Cable Sena wing has issued an order under the guidance from Shiv Sena Party member, Sanjay Raut. The Shiv Cable Sena has issued an order which is signed by Sanjay Raut’s brother, Sunil Raut. The Shiv Cable Sena has issued an order which is signed by Sanjay Raut’s brother, Sunil Raut.

“When I am recording this, it is past midnight and I have proof in black and white that there is an open threat to cable operators to ban the Republic Media Network, Republic TV and Republic Bharat in the state of Maharashtra and in Mumbai. I am shocked at Shiv Sena’s desperation to block our network from reaching you and your homes. I am convinced more than ever that Republic Bharat, Republic TV and Republic Media Network are on the right path of the investigation in the Sushant Singh Rajput case.

The Shiv Sena has a group called Shiv Cable Sena. Its Pramukh Margdarshak is Sanjay Raut; the order is signed by his brother Sunil Raut. They don’t want you to see the investigative journalism that we have done, they want us blocked, they don’t want us to pursue the Sushant Singh Rajput case, they don’t want us to report on the Bollywood drug mafia, they don’t want us to ensure that truth is disclosed before the people of India.

Viewers, you are Republic and we are your voice. We have always fought for truth & justice. We have consistently raised questions in the Sushant Singh Rajput case, we have investigated the possible Disha Salian connection and we have called out the inefficiency of people in the Mumbai Police. We have refused to cow down when they try to gag us. We have refused to reveal our sources even when they have put our reporter Anuj & our crew in jail for three days. And today we refuse to bow down just because they are issuing threats to cable operators in Maharashtra to block our channel Republic Bharat, and our network.

This is an attack and an attempt to plunder the fourth pillar of democracy. The Shiv Sena wants us to squirm before them, they want to snatch our fundamental right to report. Under Article 19(1)A of the Constitution of India, Uddhav Thackeray, you have no right to do this. Our coverage speaks truth to power. The people of India did not stand for Emergency in 1975, and they will not stand for what the Sonia Sena is doing right now.

Our journalism is for the people, our reporting is for your right to know and our channel reports for the nation. They are trying to block us from reaching you. They can’t block us, you the people of India won’t let them. Join us in this fight, support us in this fight, we need your support”, appeals Arnab Goswami to the people of India.

The Republic team has also appealed to sign the petition for the same with a tag line #CantBlockRepublic.

The reporting team was said to be following a journalistic lead in an investigative assignment in Karjat, Raigad. The Republic team was apprehended and put into jail for 3 days after making an inquiry with a security guard of a certain residence. Furthermore, the Republic team was not only denied any legal representation before being sent to 3 days of custody but also not given the remand copy.

While there is a wave of raising a voice for Arnab Goswami and his team, Union Minister, Ramdas Athawale remarks, I am proud of Republic TV. Your channel has raised its voice on multiple issues. Arnab Goswami and all of you have fought against injustice. Arresting the Republic reporter is not a good thing. I appeal to the Maharashtra Police that everyone has a right to speak as per Babasaheb Ambedkar’s constitution. This action is against the spirit of the Constitution.”

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