As the Mumbai Police on Tuesday summoned Republic’s Output Editor Sagarika Mitra, Republic Media Network’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami came out in her support and they walked together to the police station.
Lauding the Republic TV for standing by the truth, people of the nation extended their support to the channel. #IStandWithRepublic and #WeStandWithRepublic began trending on social media.
Calling Arnab Goswami a ‘Shaktimaan’, Veteran actor Mukesh Khanna said that Editor Arnab Goswami will surely win this fight against the Mumbai Police. ‘Shaktimaan’ actor Mukesh Khanna took to Instagram to share a post. In this post Arnab Goswami can be seen with his team member. Arnab Goswami, with both arms on his waist, widens the chest and is seen wearing a mask. Arnab Goswami’s body language looks quite positive and energetic in the picture. Seeing this pose, Mukesh Khanna says that it is the pose of Shaktimaan.
This scene is from NM Joshi Marg Police Station in Mumbai, where Arnab Goswami reached in solidarity of his fellow journalists. While sharing this post, Mukesh Khanna wrote, “It was great to see Arnab Goswami standing in Shaktimaan’s pose outside NM Joshi Marg Police Station, Mumbai. They now only need to become powerful. Fighting for the truth, reaching out to support your colleague is the quality of Shaktimaan. The country is with them, the power of Shaktimaan is with them. He will win.”
Mukesh Khanna extended his support to Arnab Goswami. His post attracted a lot of support from social media users. One user wrote, “Sir, you are truly powerful, you are not afraid of anyone. Keep posting like this without fail.” Some other praised Arnab and said- Wow sir, what is your eyesight, we are with Arnab sir. You are right, not everyone has this much power.
Sagarika reached the police station after being summoned. She was questioned for 2 hours by the Mumbai Police.
“We are in front of the historic Bharat Mata Cinema Theatre. This location holds a lot of significance in Indian history. Today in 2020, young journalists and an independent media network is starting a revolution. We have the truth by our side and we are honest. This is the fight of truth against dictatorship. The whole Republic family is standing together and united. If you have truth by your side, you have nothing to fear. Today, if the youngest team of journalists rattle a system that is driven by vendetta, it sends out a message to the people of the country. We are all overwhelmed by the support we are getting today. The truth is by our side,” Sagarika said.
Editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami has also lent his solidarity to Sagarika at the NM Joshi Marg police station where the questioning took place.
“I now want to speak on behalf of all my colleagues of the Republic Media Network, I am in front of the historic Bharat Mata Cinema Theatre. This location holds a lot of significance in Indian history because it is here in 1946 that the mill workers congregated to join hands against the British empire. Uddhav govt has now imposed British era colonial law dating back to 1942, it has never been used against the journalists post-independence, but this has been used against my network and my journalists. Sagarika is going to the police station and Sagarika is among the 1000 employees, including me, who now has an FIR against them. This is not just injustice, it is an abomination, that in a free country, this colonial law is being used persecute and carry out open atrocities against the Republic media network. I, therefore, make a call to all right-thinking people in the country, to raise their voice and to tell Maharashtra government and Mumbai Police specially Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh that this is not something we will allow to be carried out without serious and open challenge. I stand in solidarity with Sagarika and all editors of Republic Media Network. Vande Mataram,” Arnab Goswami said.