Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today accused the Narendra Modi government of muzzling the media by not allowing journalists to write what they want to express.
Speaking at the launch of commemorative publication of Congress mouthpiece National Herald in Bengaluru today, he said, thousands of journalists in the country were not being allowed to write what they want.
He said, the power of truth is being completely replaced by the truth of power. Anybody who attempts to stand for the truth is being pushed aside, he said. Mr Gandhi said, Dalits were being beaten up, minorities were frightened, while journalists and bureaucrats are being threatened.
Quoting a Soviet poet, he said, when truth is being silenced, then the truth becomes a lie. This is what the government is trying to do. It is forcing everything into silence, he alleged.
Mr Gandhi said, the National Herald had a strong spirit that it will not be silenced. He exalted journalists to speak the truth, and not silent or scared.
The Congress party today launched the refurbished website of National Herald, which had stopped the publication a few years ago, as the party preferred Bengaluru as it is the IT Capital of the country. The publication would also go into print shortly.