Former Editor-in-Chief of Times Now Arnab Goswami, who launched his own news channel Republic, said on Monday that he has been threatened by a media organisation for using his trademark phrase "nation wants to know'.
In an audio message posted on the Facebook page of his new venture, Goswami said that the news channel sent him a six-page long legal notice regarding the same.
The controversial anchor, however, refused to name the organisation served the notice.
"This media group’s aim has been to somehow stall and delay the launch of Republic TV. To somehow try and make sure that a group of journalists determined to pursue the truth on behalf of the people are held back", Goswami said giving hints about the organisation.
Some reports, meanwhile pointed fingers to his former employer. Earlier there were reports that he left Times Now after a fight with the channel authorities.
In the Facebook post he also said: "The threat of imprisonment will not deter me. Bring your moneybags and your lawyers, file the criminal case against me for using the phrase 'Nation Wants to Know'. Do everything you can, spend all the money you have and arrest me. I am waiting right now in my studio floor. Come, enforce your threat."
He later said that the phrase "nation wants to know" belongs to every citizen of the country.
Viewers, the phrase ‘Nation Wants to Know’ belongs to you, to me, and to all of us, every citizen of this country. It symbolizes what we do, pick up issues for the people, ask, question and seek accountability where it is due. I have used the phrase with pride, in my reporting and on debates for the last 20 years. And I am deeply indebted to each one of you who have found my journalism worthy of representing public interestArnab Goswami
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