New Delhi: Television news anchor, Arnab Goswami, finds himself in yet another legal soup before the  launch his new TV venture, Republic. 

According to a Newsminute report, Goswami has been threatened with imprisonment if he ever uses his signature phrase ‘nation wants to know’ again. Without disclosing its name, Goswami has said that a media group has sent him a six-page letter asking him to desist from using the phrase. 

“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’,” Goswami says in a nearly three-minute audio message uploaded on YouTube on Monday.  

The line, which gained huge popularity during Goswami’s time at Times Now, became one of the catchphrases associated with Goswami and was widely used by his critics and supporters to comment upon Goswami’s noisy and fiery-brand of debate in the studios.  

Here’s the audio message 

“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,” Goswami says in the message. 

Saying that the threat of imprisonment will not deter him, Goswami also says neither the moneybags, nor lawyers or even a criminal case, will stop him from using the phrase.  

He also offers a definition of the phrase: 

“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….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.”

The message concludes with Goswami putting the question to his viewers. 

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

Feature image source: YouTube Screenshot