New Delhi: Turned away by the Foreign Correspondents Club and the Press Club of India, ‘The Kashmir Files’ director Vivek Agnihotri says he has been banned ‘undemocratically’ and can go forward with a press convention at a five-star lodge on Thursday.
Agnihotri had posted a video on Tuesday alleging his free speech was banned by “the watchdogs of free speech” with FCC cancelling his occasion and introduced he would maintain his media interplay on the Press Club as an alternative. When PCI additionally appeared to backtrack, he adopted it up with a tweet on Wednesday slamming the organisation.
“Wow! @PCITweets additionally cancelled me. The watchdogs of democracy and messiah of free speech not solely banned me undemocratically however are additionally mendacity by way of their tooth,” Agnihotri tweeted, sharing screenshots of messages of an company directed to ebook PCI for the occasion.
The director then mentioned he can have an ‘open home press convention’ and can reply the “hardest questions”.
“Inviting all democratic and free speech pro-Truth believers, media folks, correspondents, reporters, media activists and people with empathy for Kashmir Genocide victims tomm at 3.30 PM at Le MERIDIEN, New Delhi,? the director mentioned in a WhatsApp message to PTI.
The controversy started with Agnihotri’s video on Tuesday, attacking the FCC and alleging that he was “a sufferer of a hate marketing campaign”. He went on to say he would maintain an “open home press convention” on the identical day at an alternate venue, the PCI.
However, the PCI mentioned on Twitter it’s ‘not facilitating any occasion on May 5 by any particular person or organisation’.
“The Club permits press conferences solely with superior reserving. There is a due course of, and bookings need to be executed by way of a member of the Club,” the membership mentioned.
In his video, Agnihotri additionally mentioned the Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora had advised him the FCC was ‘very eager’ to host him.
“Few days again, Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora knowledgeable me that the Foreign Correspondents Club in New Delhi was very eager to host me for a press convention as many overseas media needed to speak to me about ‘The Kashmir Files’ and the reality of the Kashmiri Hindu genocide,” he mentioned.
Accordingly, the press convention was scheduled for 7 pm on May 5 on the FCC. An govt for Zee Studios, the banner behind “The Kashmir Files”, additionally flew to Delhi and made all of the preparations together with “the weird demand to carry cocktails and dinner”, Agnihotri mentioned.
“however to my shock yesterday I obtained a name from their president saying that occasion must be cancelled as some very highly effective media has taken sturdy objection to this convention and have threatened to resign en masse whether it is allowed,” the filmmaker mentioned.
Agnihotri mentioned he has since obtained calls from many “democratic” Indian and overseas correspondents who needed the press convention to be held however the membership administration refused to take heed to their calls for.
He alleged that “some highly effective agenda pushed” overseas media is an element of an anti-India, anti-truth and anti-free speech conspiracy.
“I’m a sufferer of a hate marketing campaign by the identical media which has been falsely blaming India for spreading hate,” he added.
“The FCC South Asia determined to cancel a promotional occasion and has no additional remark,” mentioned FCC South Asia president Munish Gupta.
On Tuesday, Agnihotri put out a separate tweet tagging Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and requested for his or her intervention.
“Dear @AmitShah ji and @HardeepSPuri ji, I’d prefer to know what’s the function of giving prime property to such anti-India, anti-free speech Foreign Correspondents Club. I’m requesting you as a citizen to evaluate their actions, function and agenda,” the director wrote.
Based on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley in 1990, “The Kashmir Files” was launched in March and has grossed over Rs 300 crore worldwide.