Mumbai: “The game has just begun. Uddhav Thackeray must hear. We will have to fight a lot more in the coming days. We are stronger than ever before. For us it is nation first, no compromise.”
This is how Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief Republic Network, roared on returning to the Republic Network headquarters here on Wednesday night (11 November 2020) after 8 days of judicial custody. He was arrested “illegally” by Maharashtra Police in a case that was already closed. He was released Wednesday on orders of the Supreme Court of India.
Addressing his team as he went live on his TV network, Arnab said: “Those who have a problem with our kind of journalism, they use their power and think they will use it to break and destroy us – they think they can break the Republic Network for the way we covered Palghar Lynching of Sadhus and Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. Do they have the guts, the courage to destroy us. The people of India are with us. Their problem is with our kind of journalism.
Arnab further said:
“We dont owe an explanation to the politicians to decide what our journalism should be.
They thought will be able to break my moral strength and by doing that they will crush our network.
I have been through three rounds of interrogation by the police in last three days in the Taloja jail. Whats their obsession with us.
Uddhav Thackeray you have been defeated today. I have my team and people of India with me and you have no one with you.
We are launching Republic Network in every langauge in every State of India in the next one year. We are also going global in the coming 16-17 months.
I have my team and people of India with me. I have gone through a transformation in last eight days. You have dared to treat journalists and persons working in a media organisation like terrorists. Yesterday, inside Taloja jail, even the inmates were shocked when they saw my colleague Ghanshyam being taken by police like a terrorist. You have no right to use illegal methods against my organisation any more. Shame on you Uddhav Thackeray. You have no right to use illegal methods against our organization any more.
People of India are with Republic Network and Uddhav Thackeray, who are you to decide the limit of Journalism.You (Uddhav) cannot touch the Republic Network. Where were you when I exposed the Commonwealth Games and the Adarsh scam.
In my life, unlike you, Uddhav, I am not afraid to lose because I have nothing to lose and am not attached to anything like you. This network is not a material thing. It is a thought, an ideology. If you have a problem with it why don’t you fight one on one. Why stab at the back. Why this illegal arrest. Till now you have not apologised even once. You pick up a false case and enter someone’s house with machine guns and drag someone without allowing him to even wear his shoes and drag him by force. What have you achieved…you have broken the due process of law. You violated the Constitution after taking the oath to protect the Constitution.”