SAD condemns computer raids in the media
Chandigarh, Jul 22 (UNI) Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Chairman Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday condemned the tax raids on the media, saying the media were being persecuted for exposing the government’s mismanagement of the NDA of the Covid pandemic in addition to asking tough questions about the union government surveillance of politicians, journalists and activists through the Israeli company Pegasus spyware.
In a statement here Thursday, the SAD chairman said it was reprehensible that the NDA government targeted the Dainik Bhaskar and Bharat Samachar group because they had asked tough questions of the government in accordance with high standards of journalism. âThe trade union government should not try to muzzle press freedom in this way. The SAD is resolutely in solidarity with the media in this hour of crisis â.
Mr Sukhbir Badal said the Center should respond positively to criticisms on sensitive issues such as Covid mismanagement, as they reflect the sentiments of the country’s citizens. He said Dainik Bhaskar had exposed how the pandemic had been mismanaged both by the center as well as by several states. “He had also extensively covered the surveillance of several politicians as well as journalists and activists via the Pegasus spyware, which was probably not to the liking of the NDA government.”
Mr Badal said it also emerged that even Dainik Bhaskar employees were victims of the seizure of cell phones from employees in the offices and the ban on night workers from leaving their offices. This kind of persecution of the fourth estate does not bode well for a democracy, âhe added.
Calling on the NDA government to make a course correction in its operation, the SAD chairman said the government was also taking a vindictive approach towards the farmers and the Kisan Andolan only because the latter had questioned their policies. âFarmers have rightly questioned the logic behind the introduction of the three farm laws which only help businesses and will result in the corporatization of agriculture in the country. Instead of listening to the farmers and resolving their grievances, the center adopts an uncompromising attitude towards them â. He also questioned the logic of Union Agriculture Minister Narender Singh Tomar in saying the government was open to talks with farmers after making it clear that the three black laws would not be repealed. âThe government should first repeal the three agricultural laws,â he said.
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