Naveen Jindal vs Zee News: Two top TV executives held for ‘extortion’
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In its statement, Zee said, "After over 65 years of independence now the present Congress-led government is pushing media not to say the truth and gag its mouth. It is practically Emergency revisited in India today...
"While the matter is sub judice... to circumvent the judicial process and the orders of the Hon'ble Mumbai High Court, the Delhi Police at the behest of (the) Congress MP orchestered arrests of two senior editors... on the basis of a fraudulent and contrived complaint filed on behalf of his (Jindal's) company...
"This is a crude and direct attack on the freedom of the press... The complainant, Jindal Steel and Power Limited, is using the state machinery, controlled by the Congress party both at the centre and Delhi, to muzzle voices of dissent and interfere with the legitimate rights of the media to divert attention and cloud its illegalities and misdeeds which these editors... sought to highlight in public interest...
"The channel vehemently denies all allegations levelled against it (and) strongly condemns the arbitary and illegal action of Delhi Police... and for initiating a malicious, illegal and motivated prosecution. We wish to reiterate that no offence has been committed by members of (Zee) staff."
Zee News bulletins on Tuesday focused on the arrests and repeatedly showed a clip of Jindal slapping a Zee News cameraman on September 10.