On Wednesday morning, netizens woke up to the shocking news of the arrest of TV anchor and journalist Arnab Goswami. According to news reports, Maharashtra Police arrested the Republic TV editor-in-chief from his house for allegedly abetting the suicide of interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik in 2018.
News agency ANI reported that the police entered Goswami’s residence early in the day and attempted to detain him. The anchor's arrest has led to a storm of reactions on Twitter. While some believe that his arrest is motivated by political vendetta, others are in support of Maharashtra Police.
The Twitterverse Is Divided
Twitter is overflowing with polarising opinions over Gosawmi's arrest. Here's what netizens are saying.
Editor's Guild Of India condemns his arrest
The Editors Guild of India has issued a statement on the arrest of Arnab Goswami, editor-in-chief of Republic TV. pic.twitter.com/gL3MstVlla
Lots of huffing & puffing about press freedom on #ArnabGoswami arrest. Let us huff & puff equally loudly for #SudhaBharadwaj#StanSwamy#AnandTeltumbde, students, journalists, activists, many in jail under draconian anti terror laws, repeatedly denied bail. Democracy is for all
Those in the free press who don’t stand up today in support of Arnab, you are now tactically in support of fascism. You may not like him, you may not approve of him,you may despise his very existence but if you stay silent you support suppression. Who speaks if you are next ?
Such great support coming in from Union ministers for @republic's Editor Arnab Goswami arrested in an abetment to suicide case. Where does this intent vanish when journalists r arrested & harassed for actually doing their jobs - reporting, questioning & holding d govt responsible pic.twitter.com/ROBUCeGszS