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telegraphindia.com 12 Sep, 2021 00:30 am

Income-tax survey an attempt to stifle journalism: NewsClick

Income-tax survey an attempt to stifle journalism: NewsClick
Prabir Purkayastha, 71, was detained in his office through the survey that ended after midnight and had his phone impounded

Income-tax survey an attempt to stifle journalism: NewsClick Prabir Purkayastha, 71, was detained in his office through the survey that ended after midnight and had his phone impounded Prabir Purkayastha.NewsClick boss Prabir Purkayastha, 71, who is suffering from a spasm in his lower back, was detained in his office through the “survey” that ended after midnight and had his phone impounded.Advertisement “The raid yesterday appears to relate to the same false and unfounded allegations being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate and the economic offences wing, Delhi police,” Purkayastha said in a statement.It’s also being probed by the Delhi police’s economic offences wing (EOW) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

“While they were officially labelled as ‘surveys’ by the IT (income-tax) officials, but as per the statement issued by Abhinandan Sekhri, co-founder of Newslaundry, this was a clear intimidatory and blatant attack on their rights, and therefore press freedom,” a Guild statement said.“The Guild is deeply concerned that such indiscriminate seizure of journalists’ data, which could include sensitive information such as details of sources, stories under works and other journalistic data, is in violation of free speech and freedom of press.

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