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Journalist Rohini Singh response after Jay Shah announced Rs 100cr defamation case

Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah has announced to file Rs 100 crore defamation case on The wire team and the article author Rohini Singh on sunday, The Wire published an article questioning transactions made by BJP President Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah’s firm.

The journalist Rohini Singh, responding to Jay Shah, posted on Facebook saying that her primary job “is to speak truth to power. To question the government of the day.” Her Facebook post reads, “I don’t want to write a sanctimonious status note on what other journalists should do. I can only speak for myself. My primary job is to speak truth to power. To question the government of the day.

In 2011 when I wrote the story on Robert Vadra’s dealings with DLF, I don’t remember the sort of backlash that I see now. There were no ‘only whatsapp or Face Time audio from now’ sort of messages from sources. No seeking to shift the location of meetings to cafes resembling dungeons! A person close to a senior BJP leader brags our call record details are with the party bosses. (Good for them, I say!;)) And of course the low level slander campaign online.”

She also said that, “”Intimidation and harassment are tools often used by powerful people to get journalists to toe the line. As someone famously once said and I paraphrase, news is something someone wants to suppress, everything else is advertising. I don’t know about others but I don’t wish to lose focus of that. I would rather quit journalism than do the sort of reportage that I see often around me. Many of you have been extremely kind to me and are investing me with qualities I probably don’t have. I don’t do the sort of stories I do because I am ‘ brave’. I do them because that’s journalism and not bravery.”

Here is what she Posted :

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