Following the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and the controversial former chief of the Indian Premier League Lalit Modi controversy, the Editors Guild has issued a statement to the minister on her tweet to the Times Now political editor Navika Kumar suggesting she did not have the right to preach propriety to her.
This came in response to Navika Kumar and Arnab Goswami(President-News and Editor in Chief, TIMES NOW and ET NOW) who have accused Swaraj on their channel Times Now for violating propriety by helping Lalit Modi from whom her family had sought several favours.
The Editors Guild statement said that it ‘deplores the attempt to intimidate the media by Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. The minister, by personally naming a woman journalist and casting aspersions on her in a tweet, has set an unfortunate precedent. While the media should be open to criticism, such statements by persons in power can be viewed as a threat meant to silence journalists and discourage them from carrying out their legitimate professional duties.'
According to media reports, the entire row exploded on Sunday over Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj helping Lalit Modi to obtain British travel documents. Swaraj stated on Twitter that she helped Lalit Modi on "humanitarian grounds" so that he could be with his wife during her cancer surgery in Portugal.