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FIR an attempt to browbeat the reporter of Tribune: Akila Urankar, INS

09-January-2018
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FIR an attempt to browbeat the reporter of Tribune: Akila Urankar, INS

The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) has expressed serious concern about the FIR registered against reporter Rachna Khaira of The Tribune who exposed the leak of crucial Aadhaar data.
Akila Urankar, President, INS, in a statement expressed serious concern, on behalf of the entire community of INS Members, “about an attempt to browbeat the reporter of Tribune…”
“This report was eminently in the public interest. This is a brazen attack on the freedom of press and displays lack of respect for ethical media practices,” the statement read.
INS, in the statement, also demanded that the FIR lodged by UIDAI against the reporter “be withdrawn forthwith.”
On January 3, Khaira wrote an article that stupefied the citizens. The Tribune report exposed how the private details of individuals on Aadhaar cards could be bought for a small sum deposited in a payment bank and how an agent could access details if an offer was made.
Today, American whistleblower Edward Snowden also came in support of Khaira and sharply disapproved the UIDAI for registering an FIR against the reporter.
“The journalists exposing the #Aadhaar breach deserve an award, not an investigation. If the government were truly concerned for justice, they would be reforming the policies that destroyed the privacy of a billion Indians. Want to arrest those responsible? They are called @UIDAI,” he tweeted.
On Sunday, The Editors Guild of India also issued a statement expressing its concerns about the FIR registered against reporter Rachna Khaira of The Tribune for her investigative story.

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