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The News Minute | January 23, 2015 | 03:18 pm IST  Pankaj Srivastava, an Associate Editor at IBN7, was allegedly sacked from office on Wednesday after he spoke up against the channel’s ‘biased Delhi Assembly election coverage’. According to Srivastava, the channel was biased against AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and was only focusing on highlighting BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi. “The channel’s reporting was biased towards the BJP. And this is not the first time I have questioned their move. Last year, when Reliance took over Network 18, I had voiced my apprehensions. Ever since, I had been made a target', Srivastava told The News Minute. Speaking about his termination, Srivastava said, “I had sent a message to the Deputy Managing Editor about our biased coverage, shortly after which I was given the pink slip”. According to a press release uploaded by Srivastava on a social media forum, the message he sent to the Deputy Managing Editor read, “It seems that we have joined campaign to defeat AAP, this is unfair. Many people believe that this is happening because Umesh our Editor is brother of Satish Upadhyay. This goes against journalistic principles.” But this was not what triggered their action, Srivastava said. “I had long been a target and this time they just got a reason to show me the door”, he stated. Srivastava also alleged that he was given no reason for termination and that he was not even allowed to go to his desk after he was handed over the letter. Srivastava said that he has been a journalist for 17 years now, and had been working with IBN 7 since 2008. "Within a span of few months why did they suddenly feel that I was not a good journalist anymore?", he asked. He plans to challenge his termination in court. â€œEmployers cannot sack their employees without giving a reason. I am going to fight their decision”, Srivastava asserted. Calls to the IBN7 Deputy Managing Editor went unanswered. Read- I was told big boss doesn't want AAP on CNN IBN Tweet Follow @thenewsminute
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