Greater than a day after NewsClick got here underneath the lens of the Delhi Police Particular Cell for allegedly receiving funding from China, the media organisation issued an announcement claiming it had not been offered a replica of the FIR, or knowledgeable concerning the offences individuals related to it have been charged with.
“Yesterday, raids were carried out by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police at various locations including Newsclick’s offices, residences of journalists and employees. We have not been provided with a copy of the FIR, or informed about the exact particulars of the offences with which we have been charged,” NewsClick stated in an announcement.
The information portal additionally claimed that police officers have seized digital gadgets from the homes of its workers in addition to from its personal workplace premises.
“Newsclick’s office has also been sealed in a blatant attempt at preventing us from continuing our reporting,” the web information portal continued.
Moreover, NewsClick claimed that despite the fact that authorities companies have been scrutinising the organisation’s financial institution statements, invoices, bills and sources for the previous couple of years, the Enforcement Directorate “has not been able to file a charge sheet.”
Defending itself as an “independent news website,” it stated, “our journalistic content is based on “the highest standards” of the occupation.”
“Newsclick does not publish any news or information at the behest of any Chinese entity or authority, directly or indirectly. We do not propagate Chinese propaganda on its website and do not take directions from Neville Roy Singham regarding the content published on its website,” the assertion learn.
In the meantime, NewsClick founder and editor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha and HR head Amit Chakravarty on Wednesday had been arrested in a case filed underneath the anti-terror regulation UAPA following allegations the portal acquired cash for pro-China propaganda and had been despatched to seven days of police remand.