Hours after Journalist Arnab Goswami, and his news channel Republic TV were asked by the Delhi High Court to “bring down the rhetoric,” against Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, on Monday, the congressman slammed the TV Presenter and his channel on a Facebook post.
Earlier, Shashi Tharoor filed Rs 2 crores defamation suit against Goswami for alleged defamatory remarks linked to the death of his wife, Sunanda Pushkar. Now he said, “I am a strong advocate of freedom of the press but this does not include the license to lie.”
Slamming the newly-launched TV channel, he said, “This malicious and unprofessional channel has been persecuting me through repeated broadcasts, abetted by slanderous discussion shows, in which a tissue of lies and distortions is built up to prejudice the mind of the viewer into believing that a murder was committed and that I am either culpable or complicit.”
“The chase for TRPs by a new channel trying to establish itself is understandable, but it does not justify such falsehoods and outrageous conduct, which is intended to influence the investigation, derails a fair enquiry and obstructs due process,” he added.
‘That is why I am glad the Delhi High Court concurred that this vile channel and its anchor have gone too far, and required them to confine their reporting to the facts. I welcome this development,” he concludes.