In a shocking development, Zee News editor-in-chief Sudhir Chaudhary was threatened by a caller from Pakistan to “stop exposing the nefarious design of Islamic jihadists”, the channel said in a statement. Indian journalist Chaudhary received threatening messages from several Pakistani numbers on WhatsApp, threatening to kill him.
According to the statement, the Pakistani man made a WhatsApp call to Chaudhary and threatened him to stop showing Jihad related news in India or else face dire consequences. Chaudhary received a threat call from 92-3338831245. Apart from the call, he also received threatening messages and images from other Pakistani numbers on WhatsApp – 92-3057625175, 92-3479589959 and 92-3338831245, it said.
The statement said that the caller did not identify himself despite Chaudhary asking him several times if he was from the ISI. He also revealed that he knew about the FIR filed in Kerala against Chaudhry”s show and threatened that similar FIRs will be filed in many other places.
Recently, an FIR was filed against Sudhir Chaudhary by Kerala Police for revealing the true meaning of the Islamic concept. As we know that the show titled ‘DNA’ is anchored by Chaudhary. In his show on Friday, Chaudhary laid out the five pillars of Islam and said jihad stands for a “pious fight”, all the while maintaining a respectful attitude and not resorting to offensive statements.
“The meaning of jihad has always been presented to us in a wrong manner,” Chaudhary said. “Terrorists around the world spread violence and fear and call themselves jihadis. Extremists justify their acts by addressing themselves as jihadis,” the editor said.
In this regard, Chaudhary has filed complaints against the numbers from which the calls and messages were sent with Delhi Police Commissioner S.N. Shrivastava and Gautam Budh Nagar Commissioner of Police Alok Singh.
Sudhir Chaudhary is not the first journalist to receive threats from Pakistan. Before him, journalists such as Republic TV founder Arnab Goswami, Samachar Plus’s Umesh Kumar and Ashwini Kumar Chopra have also faced threats from Pakistan.
Sudhir Chaudhary should be provided ‘Y’ category security cover by the government over a threat from “Pakistan-based terrorist groups”.