How the foreign press have reported on CBI’s NDTV raids

The CBI raids on NDTV kicked up a range of reactions on social media too with several editors calling it an infringement on press freedom.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 8, 2017 12:59 pm
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On Monday, the premises of Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy, founders of NDTV group, were raided by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on complaints of alleged bank fraud. The case relates to a purported bank loan default of Rs 48 crore taken from ICICI bank. According to the FIR filed, the loan defaulted by Prannoy Roy is for a company named RRPR holdings private limited.

Shortly after the raids began, NDTV released a statement saying, “NDTV and its promoters will fight tirelessly against this witch-hunt by multiple agencies. We will not succumb to these attempts to blatantly undermine democracy and free speech in India. We have one message to those who are trying to destroy the institutions of India and everything it stands for: we will fight for our country and overcome these forces.”

However, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu rubbished allegations of an infringement on press freedom saying the raids did not happen at the offices of the news channel. “The CBI has not entered the premises of the newsroom or TV studio or any other related offices of the media channel. The management and promoters have to stand scrutiny and answer to the people instead of blocking it and then making allegations,” Naidu said on the sidelines of a function in New Delhi.

The raids, while kicking up a range of reactions on social media, attracted the attention of the foreign press.

The New York Times

The newspaper, headquartered in New York, reported on the CBI raid and the intricacies of the case that has dogged the Roys. The newspaper said NDTV has had run-ins with the Narendra Modi government over its news coverage.

“Last year, the government imposed an unusual one-day ban on NDTV’s Hindi channel, on the grounds that it had disclosed sensitive information in its reporting on an insurgent attack on an Indian air base. The channel protested, saying that its reporting went no further than any other channel’s and that it was entirely based on official briefings,” the NYT article said.

The Washington Post

The Post, apart from reporting on the raids, cited the World Press Freedom Index on which India was ranked 136th in stating that journalists are often coerced or silenced for their dissenting views.

It also quoted Prannoy Roy saying, “In American media, it is considered patriotic to question and make the government accountable, here to be patriotic is to just agree with everything the government says.”

The Post also mentioned about NDTV anchor Nidhi Razdan’s on-air verbal spat with BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra. “Days before the raid, NDTV news anchor Nidhi Razdan had sparred with the BJP’s national spokesman Sambit Patra on air and asked him to leave her show for his accusation that NDTV had an agenda,” it said.

The Guardian

The British newspaper said the NDTV network was ”one of the few liberal-leaning voices in a media landscape increasingly dominated by stridently nationalist and strongly opinionated outlets such as Times Now and the recently launched Republic TV.”

It quoted Sevanti Ninan, the editor of media watchdog portal The Hoot, saying, “They try to be pretty critical and objective…NDTV are not fawning over the [Narendra] Modi government like many of the other networks.”


The BBC also reported on the CBI raids and spoke to Indian editors expressing concern over searches being carried out at premises of founders of a leading television news channel.

“This is not the first time the government and NDTV have been at loggerheads. Last year the information and broadcasting ministry banned NDTV India, the network’s Hindi channel, for a day on the grounds that it had aired sensitive information about a key military operation,” the BBC article said.

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    Ashu Kumar
    Jun 12, 2017 at 9:35 pm
    All big media houses are purchased by Ambani Adani and they play Modi sangeet. Nominated RS members also have channels but they crossed the limit of licking the boot of Modi Yogi.Few channels are daring to do quality journalism but this govt want to suppress them . No some on line news s have to give truth. Otherwise fake news morphed videos are planted BJP .
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      Yendu Gundu
      Jun 10, 2017 at 6:11 am
      The issue in NDTV is that a vast majority of their average tv hosts, middle management in every department is filled with lazy people identical to thullas. When the company expanded and grew rapidly these people were all promoted every 6 months. Then as the company began losing its businesses, these creeps who are not worth a dime retained their jobs and fired all the contract staff and eventually now the only people left there are are huge bunch of white elephants. The only thing they know to do is to shout incessantly and most of their personal tasks are done by junior level people who are either interns or they work at throw away ries. If they fire all these ugly losers who gain ego boost over their worthlessness by shouting at subordinates for no reason, NDTV can make its turnover ten times higher due to the money saved by not paying ries to dummies. These set of s are not worth doing anything other than being peons.
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        Prem Silhi
        Jun 9, 2017 at 4:46 pm
        "In the NDTV case, the CBI was at pains to clarify that they did not raid the newsrooms or studios of the TV channel but only the residences of its promoters. The CBI also put up the entire 80-page FIR on the net and held a press conference to present their side of the story. But, such minor details were of no interest to those who had already made up their mind that this was a premeditated attack against independent media," an excerpt from a recent article but Sandip Ghose in Firstpost.
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          Vignana Nanda
          Jun 9, 2017 at 1:41 pm
          NDTV is known for its anti-Indian and anti-Hindu views as well as Pro-communists and radical views. There is strong fee in the minds of Indian Public is that NDTV and few such News Media are bought by Anti-Indian agencies. Media wants to run the activities in India and want the Ru Parties should bow to them. Press utes (who pros ute press) of such nature and Sickularists (who talk of Secularism of abusing Hindus) - Communists who wanted to ruin this country at any cost is the curse to this country. I pray GOD for the closure of such News-Media.
          1. Muhammed Asif Khan
            Jun 8, 2017 at 11:31 pm
            Mere Bharat mahaan
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