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Any attempt to use Official Secrets Act reprehensible: Editors Guild

The Editors Guild of India condemned the Attorney General's comments before SC pertaining to documents based on which the media had reported on the Rafale deal

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The on Thursday unequivocally condemned Attorney General's remarks before the pertaining to the documents based on which the media had reported on the Rafale deal, saying any attempt to use the against the media is as "reprehensible" as asking journalists to disclose their sources.

The Guild, in a statement, also denounced threats against the media in the matter and urged the government to refrain from initiating any action that might undermine the media's freedom and independence.

The unequivocally condemns the Attorney General's comments before the pertaining to documents based on which the media, including The Hindu, had reported on the Rafale deal, the statement said.

K K Venugopal on Wednesday sought dismissal of a petition for a review of the apex court's earlier judgment on allegations over the on the ground that the fresh petition had relied on documents that were stolen from the defence ministry and that investigations were going on to find out if it was a crime and violative of the Official Secrets Act, it said.

Although the later clarified that the investigation and contemplated action would not be initiated against journalists or lawyers who used these documents, the Guild is perturbed over such threats, the statement said.

These will intimidate the media in general and curb its freedom to report and comment on the in particular, the Guild said.

Any attempt to use the against the media is as reprehensible as asking the journalists to disclose their sources, it said.

The Guild denounces these threats and urges the government to refrain from initiating any action that might undermine the media's freedom and independence, the statement said.

president has been attacking Modi over the Rafale deal, alleging corruption and favourtism. The government has denied the charges.

First Published: Thu, March 07 2019. 13:16 IST
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