New Delhi: BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh speaks exclusively to NewsX about the JNU row and why the media should not be selective in its outrage. This is what he had to say to Payal Mehta of NewsX.
NewsX: How does the BJP defend yesterday’s attack on journalists?
Siddharth Nath Singh: It is a very unfortunate incident. The journalists are doing their job and attacking them is highly condemnable. The law must take action against the offenders. At the same time the editors' guild cannot be selective about their approach in their protest. 14 journalists were beaten up in a civic poll in West Bengal. The incident was reported by the junior journalists to expose the TMC government and the torture they are facing, but the press club kept silent on the issue. You cannot have a selective approach towards it. Similarly, a journalist was abused by SP but they kept quiet. Journalism is the fourth pillar of democracy and you need to be universal in your approach.
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NewsX: Media being selective is a different matter. Policemen present at the event kept quiet? Now, how does the government defend that?
Siddharth Nath Singh: I am not saying media is being selective. Editor's guild is being selective. Home Minister has already assured there will be action. Anti-national activities are taking place and those supporting it are trying to politicise the issue to hold a vote bank. They should attack BJP when an anti-national activity is happening. India is for all of us and all political parties need to come together over the issue.