Stop vested interests from persecuting Gaurav Sawant and stifling press freedom

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Stop vested interests from persecuting Gaurav Sawant and stifling press freedom

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Anurag Dixit started this petition to Markandey Katju (The Chairman, Press Council of India) and

We the petitioners, would like to bring to your notice a smear campaign supported by an online petition to sack Gaurav Sawant from the India Today Group. What is his crime? Did he call a terrorist attack "a chhota mota blast"? Did he exceed his brief and called Shri Ram revered by a billion people in India a "divine encroacher"? Did he dubviously swept a sting operation on MPs under the carpet? Did he attend junkets sponsored by ISI? Answer to all the above questions is a NO.

His crime - He dared to ask a very specific and pertinent question about double standards that many journalists follow while reporting on sensitive issues like riots and terrorist attacks. A question that many Indians have been asking on social media platforms for a long time. Unfortunately, those agitating and running this smear campaign could not dismiss, abuse and block him as a Internet Hindu Troll. They had to take notice and this was no small threat. An editor (while some tried to trivialize it by calling him a reporter)  was challenging their unfair and morally corrupt practices of reportage. This had to be nipped at the bud. He had to be taught a lesson and what better lesson than get him sacked. 

Those who want Gaurav to be sacked, who we believe is one of the most honest, fearless and unbiased journalist in India currently, are accusing him of being a bigot and against the "idea of a plural India". What is this idea of plural India if it won't tolerate a journalist asking an honest question? In fact, their idea of plurality is a charade of intolerance. They do not want an unbiased voice to expose them. Sir, As the Chairman of the Press Council of India, we believe it is your duty that any attempt to suppress the freedom of press should not be allowed to succeed. We request you to take cognizance of the matter and intervene to ensure that Gaurav is not harrassed and his employment is not affected in any way. 

Thank you.

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