Two representatives from Republic TV were denied entry to a press conference organised by the Congress party at its headquarters in Delhi. This prompted one of them to call the channel’s founder and former journalist, Arnab Goswami, who they wanted the Congress workers to speak to.
One Congress worker present at the party office said that after the ‘reporters’ were denied entry to the venue, one of them threatened us by invoking Goswami’s name. However, far from being impressed, the Congress workers responsible for not allowing the Republic representatives from entering the press conference venue lost their cool.
One of them even asked, “Who’s Arnab Goswami? Whatever crores of rupees he’s earned today, they’ve come through corruption.”
The Congress party had called for a press conference to make two important announcements- formation of two organisational departments namely All India Professional Congress and All India Unorganised Congress Workers Congress. The Professional Congress is being led by the party’s MP from Kerala and former junior foreign minister, Shashi Tharoor, who was also expected to address the media.
The insults meted out to Republic TV ‘reporters’ prompted an angry Goswami to go live on his channel with his non-stop rant. He asked why Lutyens media were not raising their voice in support of his ‘reporters.’
— Republic (@republic) August 1, 2017
Republic TV, launched with the help from the NDA MP, Rajeev Chandrasekhar and known BJP sympathiser, Mohandas Pai, has been busy hounding the Congress party even before it came into existence. The channel has been condemned for carrying out the Centre’s BJP agenda.
All its media campaigns launched so far have been targetting the opposition parties and their leaders. This included campaigns against Lalu Yadav and his family, Rahul Gandhi, Tharoor and Congress.
In May, Tharoor, who has been a victim of sustained campaign by Goswami first at Times Now and now on Republic, had filed a defmation case against the channel’s founder.
Tharoor filed a civil defamation suit against Goswami and Republic TV in the Delhi High Court claiming damages and compensation of Rs two crore for allegedly making defamatory remarks towards him while airing news relating to the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.