Ravish Kumar slams Arnab Goswami for bringing vulgarity in Indian journalism.
The NDTV anchor shared an Facebook post in which he has rebuked the Republic TV owner for messing with Indian Journalism and misusing the privilege he has.
Kumar however is also displeased with the Mumbai Police for hounding other members of the Republic family with the crimes of its owner.
This Facebook post by Ravish Kumar comes days after the Editors Guild of India issued a statement saying it was ‘concerned about the FIRs filed against journalists of Republic TV, which is under probe for allegedly manipulating TRPs.’
In his Facebook post Ravish Kumar called out Arnab Goswami for maligning the good name of journalism and making it a joke.
He also showed his remorse over the treatment of the Republic employees.
“It’s quite possible that people are feeling stuck in the current situation. But why must they be punished for the fault of one anchor and the owner? The said anchor has brought shame to journalism. He’s established vulgarity into journalism.”
Ravish Kumar was reacting to the statement issued by the Editors Guild of India.
“We do not wish to influence the probe by the authorities, even if we recognise it has the potential to bring in much needed transparency on the manipulation of popularity, and creation of “proceeds of crime”- as claimed by the police; but the victimisation of the journalists should immediately stop. The use of arbitrary state power is not and has never been in the interests of working journalists,” the statement read.
On Friday the Mumbai police sent a notice effectively seeking each and every detail of the Republic news desk, including addresses of the technicians of Republic TV, IDs and passwords of newsroom software, roster details of its journalists.
The Police gave Republic two days to submit all this data which according to Arnab Goswami is a shameful trespass of free speech.
Goswami plans to approach Home Minster Amit Shah and also I&B ministry for further help.
Ravish Kumar and Arnab Goswami were colleagues at NDTV. Arnab moved on with Times Now and then started his own channel, Republic TV.
Ravish Kumar is still with NDTV and is trying to salvage the good name of true journalism by talking about real matters rather than catering to a certain party of relentless shouting.