Popular journalist and founding member of Republic TV Arnab Goswami resigned from Editor’s Guild of India during his show on the channel as he called the guild a ‘self-serving organization.’ Goswami expressed anger over the silence of ‘liberals’ on the lynching of three men, including two Sadhus, in Maharashtra’s Palghar a few days back.
Goswami slammed journalist Shekhar Gupta, the President of the guild, for not speaking up against the spread of ‘fake news’ during the COVID-19 pandemic. Goswami then asked the panelists on his show to pause and said, “I have been a member of the Editors’ Guild of India for a long time and I, on live television, resign for its absolute compromise on editorial ethics, for being an organisation for operation only for personal interests. I accuse you Shekhar Gupta of leading the compromise on journalism for not speaking on incidents like this.”
Goswami also Naseeruddin Shah, Aparna Sen and the ‘award wapsi gang’ for their silence on Palghar mob lynching. Goswami said, “Let me ask you my dear viewers. If this had happened in a state run by the BJP and if instead of Hindus the ones who’d been lynched, let me be very direct about it, if they had been from any minority community, then would Naseeruddin Shah, Aparna Sen and Anurag Kashyap and all those lots and the award wapsi gang, would they have gone berserk today?”