‘The Kashmir Files’ Agnihotri will hold an ‘open house’ presser after claiming ban | Latest India News
‘The Kashmir Files’ director Vivek Agnihotri said on Wednesday he would speak at a press conference after being “undemocratically” banned by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club and the Press Club of India. The press conference will take place at a five-star hotel in Delhi on Thursday.
Agnihotri’s film – about the Pandit exodus from Kashmir in the 1990s – has grossed over ₹300 crore worldwide and is among the most successful post-pandemic Hindi films. However, it has also been criticized for misleading viewers and stirring up hatred against a minority community.
On Tuesday, Agnihotri posted a video alleging his freedom of speech was violated by “free speech watchdogs”; this was after the FCC canceled their event.
He said he would instead hold his interaction with the media at the Press Club. But after the PCI also backtracked, it followed up with a tweet on Wednesday criticizing the organization.
“Wow! @PCITweets also canceled me. The watchdogs of democracy and the messiah of free speech not only undemocratically banned me, but they’re also lying through their teeth,” Agnihotri said, attaching screenshots of messages from an agency responsible for booking IBO for the event.
He then said he would hold an “open house press conference” and answer the “toughest questions”.
“Inviting all supporters of democratic truth and freedom of expression, journalists, correspondents, journalists, media activists and those who have empathy for the victims of the Kashmir genocide at 3:30 p.m. at MERIDIEN, New Delhi,” the director tweeted.
PCI on Twitter said it “does not facilitate any event on May 5 by any person or organization.”
“The Club only allows press conferences with advance booking. There is due process and bookings must be made through a Club member,” he said, explaining his part.
Agnihotri said he had since received calls from numerous “democratic” Indian and foreign correspondents who wanted the press conference to take place, but the club’s management refused to listen to their requests. He alleged that “some powerful foreign agenda-driven media” were part of an anti-Indian, anti-truth and anti-free speech conspiracy.
On Tuesday, Agnihotri posted a separate tweet tagging union home minister Amit Shah and union oil minister Hardeep Singh Puri and demanded their intervention.
“Dear @AmitShah ji and @HardeepSPuri ji, I would like to know what is the purpose of giving privileged ownership to such a club of anti-India and anti-free speech foreign correspondents. I ask you as a citizen to review their activities, purpose and agenda,” the director wrote.
(With PTI inputs)