Controversy after two journalists quit

Indian govt accused of pressuring media outlets for favourable coverage, which it denies

The exit of two top journalists from a Hindi language news channel has turned into a political controversy and triggered a debate on press freedom in the world's largest democracy.

There is widespread speculation that top journalist Punya Prasun Bajpai and managing editor Milind Khandekar, who announced their resignation from ABP News this week, were forced out following critical reports of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 09, 2018, with the headline 'Controversy after two journalists quit'. Print Edition | Subscribe