Petition Against Arnab Goswami for Irresponsible Journalism
The petition claims that Arnab Goswami, a senior journalist working with TV news channel Times Now, has supported the public lynching of the rape accused.
By Rakesh Raman
An online petition along with a signature campaign has been initiated against an Indian TV anchor Arnab Goswami.
The petition posted from New Delhi today on the online community platform Change.org asks Goswami to apologize for making irresponsible statements against a public lynching incident in Nagaland, a state in Northeast India.
In the incident, a 35-year-old man Syed Farid Khan was arrested on charges of raping a woman on February 24, and was imprisoned in a local jail. On March 5, however, a mob broke into the jail, dragged the accused out, and lynched him in cold blood.
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The petition claims that Goswami, a senior journalist working with TV news channel Times Now, has supported the public lynching of the rape accused on his show without verifying the facts.
“Arnab made factually incorrect statements, justified mob violence on false ground of the victim (who is dead after the fateful incident) being an outsider. By passing such statements he has demeaned the civil society and justice system of India. We believe that Arnab must issue a public apology for sensationalizing the issue and admit that he made a mistake,” according to the petition.
It has also quoted certain sections of the Indian Penal Code to suggest that Arnab Goswami has endorsed violence and incited hatred.
The petitioners demand that Goswami should not only apologize but he also should leave journalism for making irresponsible statements. People are being invited to sign the petition on the Change.org site.
By Rakesh Raman, the managing editor of RMN Company
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