Editors Guild says motivated searches will undermine media freedom

"If they do that, then we shall seek extremely strong recourse," Bahl has stated.

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New Delhi, Publish Date: Oct 11 2018 11:54PM | Updated Date: Oct 11 2018 11:54PM
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The Editors Guild of India Thursday expressed concern over the Income Tax department's searches at media baron RaghavBahl's residence and office, saying it believed that "motivated" IT raids would seriously undermine media freedom and the government should desist from such attempts.

Bahl had shared his "great concern" with the Editors Guild of India after dozens of IT officials descended on his residence and The Quint's office for a "survey". The guild, in a statement, expressed concern over the search and survey conducted by the I-T department.

Bahl is also a member of the Executive Committee of the guild and a founder of the Network18 media group. The guild said it was perturbed over Bahl's statement that he had to strongly advise the tax officials that they should not try and pick up or see any other mail or document which is likely to contain very serious and sensitive journalistic material.

"If they do that, then we shall seek extremely strong recourse," Bahl has stated.

"While the tax administration is within its rights to make inquiries in compliance with the relevant laws, it should not exercise those powers in a way that could be seen as an intimidation of the government's critics," the guild said. "The guild believes that motivated income-tax searches and surveys will seriously undermine media freedom and the government should desist from such attempts," it added. 

 

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