IndiaNewsNetwork.IN Bureau | 21st Sept 2015: A journalist working with IndiaNewsNetwork.IN was on Monday threatened by a ruling party politician and MLA from North Goa with dire consequences for publishing what he termed were ‘negative articles about the tourism industry in Goa. The MLA told journalist Flynn Remedios who had gone to interview him, that he should not come to Goa again, or else he could not be able to guarantee his safety. Remedios stays in Mumbai, but travels to Goa often to cover news stories in the Tourism-dependent State. The senior MLA in the ruling BJP government said that the news website IndiaNewsNetwork.IN had recently run a series of articles on the falling numbers of foreign tourists in Goa and the reasons behind this, and such articles were bad for Goa tourism, the MLA felt.
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Remedios told the MLA that the website was doing the State a favor by highlighting the issues concerned and doing exhaustive and comprehensive research, including surveys among foreign tourists on what ails Goan tourism. But the lawmaker would not listen to him and asked him to leave his office immediately. While Remedios was leaving, the MLA said, “Do not come to Goa again or else you may not leave safely. I cannot guarantee you, that you will get back to Mumbai safely if you come back. This is a final warning,” were the words of the ruling-party politician of Goa. So much for law and order in Goa.
Remedios has written to the Chief Minister of Goa, Laxmikant Parsekar today and is awaiting a reply. IndiaNewsNetwork.IN is also considering filing a formal complaint to the Press Council of India in this regard, but will first wait to see what the CM has to say.