March 14, 2014
AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal terms Times Now, two other TV channels as 'paid media', biased and 'sold out' to Narendra Modi
He accused these three channels of running a campaign for BJP leader Narendra Modi.
Kejriwal made the sensational remark on Friday. He said that the media was sold out, biased against AAP and was favouring Modi.
The other AAP leaders defended Kejriwal for his comments and said that paid media should be exposed as it is against the interest of the nation. They also questioned how media groups were not critical of Modi but kept targeting Kejrwial.
The charge is that certain TV channels had taken money to promote Modi ahead of the Lok sabha election 2014. AAP leader Sanjay Singh too said that Zee News was repeatedly showing fake stories about the AAP. He said that baseless news was being shown on Zee.
But Kejriwal's comment that 'media was sold out' upset journalists. He also said that he would send media men to jail if his party manages to form government anytime in future. Later, AAP leaders denied the statement and said that it was in context of certain TV channels who were blatantly 'Modi bhakt'.
Former journalist and AAP leader Ashutosh said that Kejriwal didn't target the media. Kejriwal himself went back on his words and said that he couldn't be upset with the journalists. The Broadcast Editors' Association (BEA) condemned Kejriwal for his accusation of media being sold out.
Political parties including BJP, Congress and CPI have also condemned the statement. However, AAP leader Ashutosh said that BEA should first get an investigation done to find out the charges of paid media, before condemning the statement.
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