The Editors Guild of India has condemned the UIDAI’s move to file an FIR against the Tribune reporter Rachna Khaira who bring out a report on access to personal details by Aadhaar Cards in just 500 Rupees.
In a statement issued by the Editors Guild of India, it said, “deeply concerned over reports” of the FIR in the Crime Branch of Delhi Police.
According to The Indian Express, The Guild said, “condemns UIDAI’s action to have the Tribune reporter booked by the police as it is clearly meant to browbeat a journalist whose investigation on the matter was of great public interest”.
Calling UIDAI’s action unfair and unjustified, it called the FIR “a direct attack on the freedom of the press.”
Criticising the move by UIDAI the guild stated that instead of filing an FIR against the reporter it should have ordered a thorough internal investigation into the alleged breach and made its findings public.
The Guild also urged the concerned ministry to interfere in the matter.
Meanwhile other than The Editors Guild several other media organizations including The Press Club of India, Indian Women’s Press Corps, and Press Association also expressed “strong objection and condemnation” on UIDAI’s action.