Media club scraps Vivek Agnihotri meet on The Kashmir Files
Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri on Tuesday alleged that the Foreign Correspondents Club of South Asia (FCC) here had cancelled his “press conference’’ on the movie The Kashmir Files under pressure from “some very powerful media” that had taken strong objection to the event and had “threatened to resign en masse”.
In a recorded message that he posted on Twitter, Agnihotri said: “It is important for all Indians to know how some powerful agenda-driven foreign media is part of an anti-India, anti-truth and anti-free speech conspiracy. I am a victim of the hate campaign of the same media which has been falsely blaming India for spreading hate.”
He said he would hold an “alternative and open-house press conference in the interest of India, democracy, free speech and truth” at the Press Club of India on May 5 — the very day the now-cancelled event was to be held at the FCC.
FCC president Munish Gupta, when contacted by The Telegraph, said in a text message: “The FCC South Asia decided to cancel a promotional event and has no further comment.”
The PCI tweeted: “The Press Club of India is not facilitating any event on May 5 by any individual or organisation. The Club allows press conferences only with advanced booking. There is a due process, and bookings have to be done through a member of the club.”