One of India’s biggest corporate houses has threatened a journal with an expensive lawsuit for publishing articles critical to their business, following which the editor of the journal has already resigned and the articles taken down.
As reported by The Wire, “Last month, Adani Power Ltd. sent a letter via its lawyers to Economic & Political Weekly (EPW), the article’s four authors (including editor Paranjoy Guha Thakurta) and Sameeksha Trust, which owns and runs the journal. The lawyer’s letter demanded that immediate steps be taken to “remove/delete and unconditionally retract” two articles – ‘Did the Adani Group Evade Rs 1,000 Crore in Taxes?’ (January 14, 2017) and ‘Modi Government’s Rs 500-Crore Bonanza to the Adani Group’ (June 24, 2017) – that they said were defamatory and harmful to the reputation of their client.”
Following this the Sameeksha Trust board met in Delhi ordering their editorial department to take the two articles. Soon after, Thakurta resigned.
Both the articles were republished by The Wire and have assured that they “will continue to be available”:
India in Cognitive Dissonance
is a hard-hitting myth-buster
from the Editors of GreatGameIndia.
A timely reminder for the decadent Indian society;
a masterpiece on Geopolitics and International Relations
from an Indian perspective – it lays bare the hypocrisy
taken root in the Indian psyche because of the falsehoods
that Indian society has come to accept as eternal truth.
Adani’s lawyers have informed Thakurta that they will be writing to The Wire as well demanding the articles be taken down.
The case involving Republic TV and The Wire
At the same time The Wire is also fighting two defamation suits worth Rs 10 crore each filed by MP Rajeev Chandrashekhar in March 2017, “for having published articles that focused on his new media venture, Republic TV, and the potential conflict of interest involved in his serving on the parliament’s standing committee for defence while owning companies that are involved in the military sphere.”
#AdaniFiles – Short History Of An Allegedly Dangerous & Criminal Organization
In February Environmental Justice Australia and Earthjustice compiled a detailed report called the #AdaniFiles that summarizes the mining giant Adani’s track record, based on publicly available evidence and research into hundreds of court documents. As per their report the “documents show that Adani are, at their core, a dangerous, criminal organization. They’re not a company that the people of Australia trust with a massive project in one of the most environmentally sensitive places in the world” and feel that the $1 billion dollar public money loan proposed by the Australian federal government would not be safe in their hands. Here is how the Australian’s are fighting Adani, the Indian multinational conglomerate seeking to build the world’s biggest new coal mine in central Queensland’s Galilee Basin – the Carmichael mine. Adani’s proven track record of environmental destruction, human rights abuses, corruption and illegal dealings should sound a stern warning for the Indian government as well which should take an active role to ascertain the veracity of such claims and settle it since it is bringing a lot of bad name to the entire nation on the internationally and causing a lot of damage to the country internally.
The excerpts from the reports relevant to India along with other cases added by GreatGameIndia can be read here #AdaniFiles – Short History Of An Allegedly Dangerous & Criminal Organization.