Republic TV is going hammer and tongs at the Maharashtra Police for its action in arresting the channel’s owner and star anchor, Arnab Goswami. The channel claims that this is an attack on journalistic freedom and the Constitional right to free expression. Other journalists also believe that the arrest is petty revenge for Goswami’s raucous criticism of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, other ministers and the Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh.

However, some people have justified the actions of the police, saying that it is poetic justice. For months, Goswami and his channels demanded that actor Rhea Chakraborty should be arrested for abetment after her boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput died by suicide, though there is no credible evidence that she had anything to do with his death. Now, Goswami himself is in jail on charges of driving an interior designer and his mother to kill themselves in 2018 because he allegedly failed to pay the man money due to him.

Some have contended that that this arrest has nothing to do with press freedom because Goswami is not a journalist but a propagandist who amplifies the Bharatiya Janata Party’s line on issues. Others point out that Uttar Pradesh is probably guilty of taking the largest number...

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