Media group sends Arnab Goswami legal notice, warns him never to use 'Nation wants to know' catchphrase

Apr 18, 2017, 06:01 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Arnab Goswami claims a media group has allegedly sent him a legal notice threatening him with imprisonment if he uses the catchphrase 'nation wants to know' on TV anymore

Arnab Goswami
Arnab Goswami

Senior TV journalist and former Times Now Editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, who is set to launch his new channel 'Republic' in a few weeks, has just landed in fresh trouble.

A media group has allegedly sent Arnab a legal notice threatening him with imprisonment if he uses the catchphrase 'nation wants to know' on TV anymore.

Arnab responded to the threat by taking the fight out into the open and sharing it with the public. He uploaded a three-minute audio clip on YouTube on Monday where he talks about the six-page long legal notice, who actually owns 'nation wants to know' and more.

Arnab Goswami. Illustration/Uday Mohite
Arnab Goswami. Illustration/Uday Mohite

This is what he said in the audio clip:

My Dear Viewers,

I have just received yet another legal threat. This time, I am sharing it with you. A media group has sent me a 6 page letter threatening me with imprisonment if I ever use the phrase “Nation Wants to Know”.

They say they own the phrase "Nation Wants to Know".

I have watched the nervous antics of this media group with amusement and horror for the last few months. Today I am replying to them. In public. 

To them, I say: The threat of imprisonment will not deter me. Bring your moneybags and your lawyers, file the criminal case against me for using the phrase "Nation Wants to Know".

Do everything you can, spend all the money you have and arrest me. I am waiting right now in my studio floor. Come, enforce your threat.

Viewers, the phrase "Nation Wants to Know" belongs to you, to me, and to all of us, every citizen of this country. It symbolizes what we do, pick up issues for the people, ask, question and seek accountability where it is due. I have used the phrase with pride, in my reporting and on debates for the last 20 years. And I am deeply indebted to each one of you who have found my journalism worthy of representing public interest.

Every Indian has a right to use that phrase. And this phrase comes from the heart. Every Indian, through his or her questioning spirit, can use the phrase 'Nation Wants to Know'. 

I ask the people of India today: should I stop using this phrase because this media group threatens to imprison me if I do?

For the last few months, every dirty trick and every attempt at intimidation has been carried out against me and my team. My team members have been harassed and even threatened with "untoward action".

This media group's aim has been to somehow stall and delay the launch of Republic TV. To somehow try and make sure that a group of journalists determined to pursue the truth on behalf of the people are held back.

Yet, like a belief whose time has come, team Republic is unstoppable. 

And to the media group I say: Bring it On.


Is he hinting at his ex-employer? Only time will tell. Actually, we should all ask Arnab: Please tell us: The Nation Wants to Know!


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