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CBI responds to NYT editorial on NDTV raids, says India doesn?t need lessons on press freedom

The New York Times carried an editorial titled 'India?s Battered Free Press' shortly after the CBI raids. Photograph: (DNA)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 16, 2017, 05.38 PM (IST)

The Central Bureau of Investigation has responded to a New York Times editorial that described the recent raids on properties belonging to NDTV founder Prannoy Roy as “an alarming new level of intimidation of India’s news media under Prime Minister Narendra Modi”.
The CBI has said India does not require “any lesson on freedom of the press from The Times”.
The New York Times carried an editorial titled India’s Battered Free Press shortly after the CBI raids. The editorial said news reports in India are “increasingly marked by a shrill nationalism that toes the government line”.
The editorial also blamed the Narendra Modi government for the increasing pressure on journalists in India.
RK Gaur, the press information officer and spokesman for the CBI, in a letter to the editor of The New York Times said the editorial was “one-sided” and “doesn’t consider the investigation history of the case against RRPR Holdings by different tax and law enforcement agencies in India since 2011”.
The CBI response was carried by The New York Times on Thursday.
The New York Times editorial was published on June 7.

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