Media boycott NIA function alleging humiliation by terror probe agency


Media on Wednesday boycotted the function organised by the National Investigation Agency alleging humiliation by the terror probe agency.

A reporter with The Hindu, Vijaita Singh, took to Twitter to post a photo of media personnel walking out of the function venue with the caption, “Media boycotts NIA function. An enclosure separated media from the room where @HMOIndia and Vice President were present. We don’t come here to have chai-pakauda @NIA_India stop humiliating the press.”

The NIA function was to commemorate its 9th foundation day, when Vice President Venkaiah was expected to deliver 4th RV Raju memorial lecture on “National Security Challenges in 21st Century.” Among other guests were Union Home Rajnath Singhvi, MoS (Home), Hansraj Gangaram Ahir and Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat.

Media personnel’s decision to not tolerate what they termed was a humiliation drew instant support from their colleagues. Abantika Ghosh from The Indian Express wrote, “More power to you guys. Would love to see more of this.”

Ashutosh Mishra from Aaj Tak wrote, “Kudos….finally we r showing spine. (sic)”

Other journalists too found the act praiseworthy and applauded their colleagues’ courage on choosing to boycott the NIA function.

Journalist Umashankar Singh sarcastically asked if media personnel, who boycotted the function, should now face an investigation by the NIA.

Journalist Nikunj Garg felt that the organisers ought to have made it clear if they did not want ‘Press Corps’ to interact with the ‘guests like Home Minister’ so that they could decide in advance if they wished to cover the event or not.