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Mumbai: The Shiv Sena has asked cable television operators in Maharashtra to take down Republic TV from their networks after its Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami allegedly insulted Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and for the channel conducting a “media trial”.

The party has threatened operators with protests if they fail to comply.

A letter dated 10 September was written to all major cable television distribution companies by Shivcable Sena, the party’s cable television operators’ wing.

Those that received the letter included operators such as Den Networks, Hathway, InCablenet, GTPL, JPR Network, BRDS Network, UCN City Cable, Rajesh Multichannel, Mauli Cable and Bahuvidh Yantrana Parichalak Cable.

Major operators such as the Den Networks has a reach of over 1.3 crore in the state while Hathway supplies network to around 72 lakh people.

“We are giving you a suggestion and warning that if you don’t immediately stop distributing Republic TV you will have to face severe agitation from the Shivcable Sena and many loyal Maharashtrians. Please take note of this,” read the letter, a copy of which was accessed by ThePrint.


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‘Won’t tolerate Uddhav saheb’s insult’

Speaking to ThePrint, Vinay Raju Patil, secretary of the Shivcable Sena, said, “Arnab Goswami has on at least two occasions spoken about Uddhav saheb in derogatory terms. The prime minister, president and chief ministers are constitutional authorities.

“The chief minister’s post is the most superior in the state, and yet Arnab Goswami refers to him using casual language and openly challenges him. This is against the Indian Constitution. It is not just the Shiv Sainiks, even Maharashtra’s people will not tolerate this.”

He added, “Goswami has similarly disrespected State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena leader) and the Mumbai Police and its chief. Why should cable television operators here broadcast such news for the state and rest of Maharashtra?”

Patil also said Thackeray has directed all party members to only act when law is on their side. “Here, law is on our side. Republic TV has insulted a constitutional authority.”

Republic TV violates journalistic ethics’

In its letter to the cable operators, the Shivcable Sena also said that Republic TV has been breaking the journalists’ code of ethics and conducting media trials for a long time.

“Maharashtra is blessed with a great tradition of journalism. It is expected that journalists put people’s problems before the government to find a solution while staying within the code of ethics of journalism,” the letter stated.

It further said, “But, since some time now Arnab Goswami, the editor-in-chief of Republic TV, has been violating this code and the Indian Constitution and running a parallel court on his channel.”

The Shivcable Sena is led by Sunil Raut, a Shiv Sena legislator and brother of the party’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut. Sanjay and State Transport Minister Anil Parab are listed as its “pramukh margadarshaks”.


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11 COMMENTS

  1. Arnab Goswami is a lion,i n we people who believes in truth and patriotic to motherland will definitely support republic media. Its so cheap thakrey and Raut’s action put on cable company.

  2. A day after the Tripura High Court sought reports from the BJP government over its anti-coronavirus measures following reports of gross mismanagement, BJP Chief Minister Biplab Deb threatened journalists.

    “A few newspapers and journalists are getting overexcited. I will not forgive them. Biplab Deb will not forget them. I do what I say, I keep my words. History will remain witness to it,” Mr Deb said.

    Kanganas and Arnabs and other bjp trolls who are ranting about freedom to insult mumbai and marathas, should also comment on what their party CMs are doing to the press for reporting truth in their respective states.

    The Forum for Protection of Media and Journalists has condemned the statement of the Chief Minister and called a meeting of journalists in Agartala on Sunday.

    “The government and the ruling party, often trying to threaten the media, and now the Chief Minister in a public rally has threatened us. This has led us to a deep sense of insecurity. We did not experience such an environment of insecurity even during days of Emergency. Thus we have called for an urgent meeting on Sunday to discuss the situation,” the chairman said

  3. Good move. Republic and Times Now should be banned. These are mere points of view but these channels spew venom and openly abuse anyone and everyone who are not from BJP. If these dalals of the ruling party, can use their channels as a platform for defamation and mis-information campaigns, the government of the day has every right to close down these channels. Infact it should be done pan India. Slander and abuse is not journalism and will never be.

  4. Now I’m disconnected hathway because you block republic. I’m happy family with me. DTH is better than you fake network.
    Uddhav govt. Are so cheap

  5. Lol.
    Vinay Raju Patil, secretary of the Shivcable Sena, said, “Arnab Goswami has on at least two occasions spoken about Uddhav saheb in derogatory terms…

    Does he not know the world talkig about UDDHAV THACKERAY IN DEROGATORY TONES, ABUSING UDDHAV AND HIS COURT JESTER SANJAY RAUT AND PARTY.

    ARNAB GOSWAMI AND OTHERS LIKE HIM WHO ARE FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE WILL NOT BE SILENCED, AT ALL.

  6. Republic TV looks like a joke. It is an insult to Indian journalism. It will drag India to severe partisanship. Above all the hosts don’t seem to know how to conduct a debate. Outside India, such channels will be ignored and viewers will discard them.

  7. I respect Shekhar Gupta’s view as unbiased and consider ThePrint to be of same inclination. But in the rather detailed cover of this post I found one side of the story being stated in great detail but why has ‘Republic TV view’ or journalistic opinion missing al together? Quite unfair I’d say.

  8. I would not watch Republic TV if paid to do so. Nor is anyone forcing me to. Sometimes one keeps track of major stories on these channels to get a sense of how things are being spun. However, there is no propriety in using unconstitutional methods to impede a channel’s right to broadcast. The next step would be for burly men to assemble outside its offices, staring down employees. Bombay has been through that phase, it belongs firmly in the past. The temptation to start filing criminal complaints over what is being shown should also be scrupulously avoided. It would have been wonderful if Ms Kangana Ranaut’s office had been left well alone. 1.3 billion Indians have been given a right by the Constitution to hold 1.4 billion points of view and to express them in 1.5 billion ways.

  9. Good, Jio TV and DTH will get more subscription. Shiv Sena lost its mind, in today’s world you cannot decide the mood of the nation. Political leaders must learn that technology is more powerful than their own outdated thinking and egos.

    Accept that you are no more powerful people, but responsible people for your acts and words. You have face the music of wrong acts and words.

    High time political class accept the reality of the new India and start delivering on their election promises, else face the anger of people in many forms and ways. This is one of the option.

    • Abe tuje itna hatred dikh raha hai us chanel me?
      No news about GDP, job loss, Crime rates in UP, Unemployement rate,
      The channel only shows communal hatred, relgion disputes, biased to government, each and every hate to the public.
      This is India not a joke. Is this journalism? Have you search godi media in youtube?
      You will found bunch of world laughing at Indian Media now where is this journalism reached to an height and it is abusing our culture.
      If you still want to watch i am not stopping you you can watch their youtube channel and support them.
      Really hats off to you ye hai hamare desh ke nagrik wahaa

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