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'got Calls From Up Cm Office To Remove Content' | Noida News

Posted on June 17, 2017 by Chander Akhil
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'got Calls From Up Cm Office To Remove Content' | Noida News
NOIDA: The head of 'Nation Live', a local Hindi news channel whose office has been sealed and two staffers arrested after it aired a show that was deemed derogatory to Yogi Adityanath, has claimed they were "pressured" by the CM's office to remove the contents of the show from YouTube, contradicting the Noida administration's claim that it had acted on his own and there were no directions from Lucknow.
Ajay Shah, who is among four Nation Live staffers named in the FIR, shared a video message on his Facebook page. His whereabouts are not known. He claimed the two staffers were arrested despite removing "some content being removed from YouTube". The administration, in its probe report on the show, said it acted because it had seen a strong possibility of breach of peace and "an attempt to pollute social environment" through a "criminal conspiracy" encouraged by "polluted mindset and obstinacy".
Shah also refuted police's claim that Nation Live was on air without permits, claiming he had all necessary documents from the information and broadcasting ministry to run the channel under "Network 10" and "Nation Live" was the proposed name for which documents had already been submitted to the ministry. He said without a permit, the channel could not be broadcast on INSAT 4A and Dish TV. "During the recent Lok Sabha elections, we have run advertisements for BJP and other political parties too," he claimed.
Shah alleged the same evening (June 6) when the show went live, featuring a dial-in conversation with a woman who has allegedly been making derogatory comments about the CM, the channel started getting messages from the CM's office. "In fact, we tried to question whether Yogi ji's image was being hit and the truth should come out. But we started getting calls from. We even deleted some of the content from YouTube and said if they had a problem, we would apologise and would not repeat it," Shah said.
He claimed June 7, a team of intelligence arrived at the house of the channel's editor Anuj Shukla and told him to accompany them for a meeting with the SSP. Around half an hour after that, his phone was switched off and he could not be contacted," Shah claimed, adding he was not in Delhi that day and had been told that the police wanted a brief conversation with another channel staffer, Ishika Singh, and the editor would be let off after that. "But as soon as she left her society, a team of 10-12 people picked her up as if they were nabbing some terrorist," he said.
Shah concluded his message with an appeal to the PM and the CM not to "make the media lose its identity or the face of this democracy will be spoilt". "Today, you are in power, you might not need it, but the country needs it. The Constitution needs it, public needs it," Shah said.
Mrityunjay Kumar, advisor to CM, said, "The channel employee, who has made this allegation, should specify who made the call from the CMO. I am not aware of any such call being made to any media channel."