DW BUREAU / Chandigarh
The Punjab government, led by Capt Amarinder Singh, has extended its support to the media protests against the filing of an FIR against The Tribune journalist Rachna Khaira over the Aadhar leakage case.
Besides Cabinet Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar, Media Advisor to Chief Minister Raveen Thukral joined the Tribune employees in condemning the FIR and demanding its revocation.
Bajwa lashed out at the witch hunt unleashed by the Central government against The Tribune reporter over the Aadhar leak story. The filing of FIR against The Tribune correspondent amounted to sheer victimisation and could not be condoned at any costing. Such acts were violative of the democratic ethos and principles.Jakhar lashed out at the attack on the Press by the current regime at the Centre. He cited the
killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh and various other incidents of blatant assault on the media.
Pointing out that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had opposed Aadhar when they were in the opposition, Mr Jakhar said the Centre should plug the flaws in the Aadhar system and ensure that privacy is safeguarded. The entire leakage episode should be investigated.
He accused the BJP-led government at the Centre of suppressing the voice of the media, and in fact the people at large, and added that this did not behove well of a democratically elected government.
Both Mr Bajwa and Mr Jakhar minced no words in condemning the outrageous act of the central government in getting an FIR registered, through UIADI, against a journalist who had merely done her job. How can a journalist be prosecuted for doing her work, without malice, they asked, adding that the way the central government was stifling the voice of democratic institutions did not augur well for the country.