New Delhi: In a show of defiance, one of India's leading online voices in the realm of independent journalism, The Wire, virtually challenged the powerful Adani group, saying it will continue to make available to readers the two articles that the Economic & Political Weekly (EPW) was made to remove and which led to the resignation of Paranjoy Guha Thakurta as the publication's editor.
When the two articles – 1. Did the Adani Group Evade Rs 1,000 Crore in Taxes? 2. Modi Government’s Rs 500-Crore Bonanza to the Adani Group – were published earlier this year by the EPW, The Wire had re-published these. Within hours of Guha Thakurta's resignation, The Wire announced that both the articles "will continue to be available."
The portal also noted that "Adani’s lawyers have informed Thakurta that they will be writing to The Wire as well demanding the articles be taken down."
The Wire, clearly in a mood not to take things lying down, termed the EPW editor's exit as "the first top-level editorial casualty of corporate India’s increasing tendency to file multi-crore defamation cases as a means of countering critical reporting." Besides, it termed the legal notice that the Adani group gave to the EPW an example of big corporations resorting to resource-guzzling legal law suits aimed at muffling critical and independent media voices.
The Wire also claimed it was being hounded by similar tactics by NDA MP Rajeev Chandrashekhar, the man behind Republic TV, besides another firm "linked to ZEE TV owner Subhash Chandra."
Media watchers will be keenly tracking if the Adanis win this round, too, in the David versus Goliath war. Readers of Punjab Today can well guess which side the regime will weigh on.
Also, read Punjab Today report on Guha’s resignation here.