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NewsClick spreads foreign propaganda in India alleges Sambit Patra

| Updated: July 18, 2021 19:22

BJP Spokesperson, Dr Sambit Patra accused NewsClick of defamation of India and serving foreign propaganda in the country using foreign funding at the conference held in New Delhi. After the Enforcement Directorate investigation into the media portal’s funding revealed an alleged violation of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms and its connection with China, the BJP accused NewsClick.

Patra said that there is an international conspiracy in the form of an international toolkit with an objective to spread anti-national propaganda.
Patra said, “NewsClick is a portal that tries to portray itself as a media house. It received crores of rupees from abroad suspiciously with a motive to portray India’s system and government as a failed one and spread foreign propaganda in India.”

The Enforcement Directorate probe said that NewsClick allegedly laundered funds up to Rs. 9.59 crore in violation of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms for the news media outlets. The norms mention that the CEO of the country has to be an Indian citizen and all foreign employees working for more than 60 days require a security clearance.

He alleged that the motive of some portals, which is run under the cover of media, is to create unrest in the country.

He said, “NewsClick matter is shocking on so many levels. It goes by the name ‘Ppk NewsClick’. They have been receiving FDI of Rs 10 crores from the firm Worldwide Media Private Limited (WWM). Petra and Singham were part of these firms. Through the way of hawala, the funding of such dubious activities was done. To legalise the funding, the share value was inflated to Rs 11000. Rs 28.46 crore has been collected from various organisations funded by the US.”

Patra also mentioned that some portals and organizations by foreign funding have criticised India’s vaccination policy.

“All over the world, our vaccine policy was appreciated, the vaccine friendship was appreciated. Some people, some organisations and some portals have tried to defame our country and our vaccine policy. This was happening through foreign funding,” he said.

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