ED searches were on for 80 hours: NewsClick

‘Despite this harassment, Newsclick has cooperated fully with the authorities, and will continue to do so,’ it says

February 12, 2021 04:41 pm | Updated 04:46 pm IST - NEW DELHI

Photo: Twitter/@newsclickin

Photo: Twitter/@newsclickin

Digital news platform NewsClick on Friday said the Enforcement Directorate (ED) searches at the house of its editor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha had been going on for the past 80 hours.

“As of Friday afternoon, ED raids have been going on at the house of Newsclick’s Editor-in-Chief Prabir Purkayastha for close to 80 hours. Prabir Purkayastha and author Githa Hariharan have been detained in their house since the beginning of the raid,” said a NewsClick statement uploaded on its website.

According to the site, NewsClick is owned by PPK NEWSCLICK Studio Private Limited. It was founded by Mr. Purkayastha.

‘Equipment seized’

“Earlier, the Newsclick office was raided for over 36 hours and some equipment vital to our functioning as a news organisation was seized. Communication devices of directors and senior management have also been seized, which has, therefore, limited their ability to return to work or indeed, respond to queries of the media,” it said.

The platform said:

“Despite this harassment, Newsclick has cooperated fully with the authorities, and will continue to do so. We have nothing to hide, as we have operated completely in accordance with the law.”

We are, however, disturbed to note reports in various media outlets based on information allegedly provided by senior officials of the Enforcement Directorate. The selective leak of misleading facts is nothing but a malicious attempt to smear the image of Newsclick and discredit our journalism. It also constitutes a violation of the sanctity of the legal and investigative process.”

NewsClick said that as mentioned in its editorial statement of February 10, “these raids appear to be part of a trend of deploying government agencies against those who refuse to toe the establishment’s line”.

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