Doordarshan struggling to preserve professional autonomy: Modi

Reacting on his controversial interview to Doordarshan, Narendra Modi, today rued the “turn down” in journalistic autonomy in the public broadcaster and invoked “horrific” memories of the Emergency in 1975.

On the occasion of World Press Freedom day, Modi said that it’s very painful to see that our national TV channel is struggling to maintain its professional freedom.

Modi also reminded people about the Emergency imposed by late Indira Gandhi when voices of media were forcefully suppressed by the State.

“We have witnessed the horrors of Emergency when freedom of press and freedom of expression were suppressed. It is a blot on our democracy,” Modi tweeted.

The editing controversy came up in lime radiance when news on social media claimed that certain parts of the interview were edited and deleted.

A debate erupted yesterday following news reports that Modi had said that Priyanka Gandhi was like his daughter. This was neither appreciated by the Congress leader nor by Priyanka Gandhi. Later on, it turned out that Modi had not made any such description.

Another controversy on his remark was his closeness with Ahmed Patel. However, Patel denied Modi’s claims and issued a statement. ‘If anyone will prove my relation with Modi, I will end my public life,” he said.