Indian tax officials raid newspaper that took on Narendra Modi over the pandemic
July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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An entrance of the Hindi-language Dainik Bhaskar daily newspaper which was raided by Indian tax authorities, is pictured in Bhopal on July 22, 2021. (Photo by Gagan NAYAR / AFP) (Photo by GAGAN NAYAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Tax authorities in India raided several offices of one of the world's biggest-selling newspapers on Thursday, a move journalists and leading opposition politicians described as an attack on press freedom.
New Delhi (CNN Business)Tax authorities in India raided several offices of one of the world's biggest-selling newspapers on Thursday, a move journalists and leading opposition politicians described as an attack on press freedom.
It criticized authorities for under-reporting Covid-19 deaths and challenged state officials and the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over their handling of the crisis.
"The government has clamped down on the group that represented an accurate picture of what happened to the country during the second wave of Covid-19," the paper wrote in a report on the tax raid published Thursday on the homepage of its Hindi edition.
In its report, the paper added that tax officials also raided the homes of several Dainik Bhaskar employees, and seized the phones of those who were present in its offices.
A working paper published this week by the US-based Center for Global Development found that the number of excess deaths during India's pandemic could be up to ten times the official toll.
But several top opposition politicians said that the paper was being punished for publishing critical reports about Modi's handling of the second wave.