In a significant development, the NewsClick news portal has vehemently refuted the allegations brought against it in an FIR filed by the Delhi Police. The portal has contended that the case was registered with the intention to stifle the free and independent press in India, as reported by news agency PTI.
Allegations Under UAPA
The FIR against NewsClick, which falls under the ambit of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), accuses the portal of receiving foreign funds illegally for a purported conspiracy aimed at disrupting India’s sovereignty. The allegations have sparked widespread controversy and discussions regarding press freedom in the country.
Denial of Foreign Funding and Instigation of Violence
In response to these serious allegations, NewsClick has issued a strong statement denying any involvement in receiving funding or instructions from China or Chinese entities. Furthermore, the news portal has categorically stated that it has never promoted or incited violence, secession, or any illegal activities in any form.
Veracity of NewsClick’s Claims
NewsClick has encouraged the public to review its extensive online coverage, which is readily accessible, to assess the credibility of its claims. The portal believes that a thorough examination of its journalistic work will dispel any doubts regarding its commitment to ethical and responsible reporting.
The unfolding situation involving NewsClick has raised important questions about the state of media freedom and the role of investigative journalism in contemporary India. As the Delhi Police prepares to interrogate 10 individuals, including NewsClick journalists and contributors named in the FIR, the nation watches closely, awaiting further developments in this matter.
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