The government had on February 25 announced the Information Technology (Intermediary guidelines and digital media ethics codes) Rules 2021 under the Information and Technology Act, 2000.
The Editors Guild of India said since the report was made public, several of those named in the report have denied any involvement in its drafting.
Journalists’ bodies have condemned the high-handedness of police, and urged authorities to restore circumstances which facilitate free functioning of the media.
In a statement, the EGI demanded immediate release of Punia and "Delhi Police restore circumstances in which the media can report without fear or favour.
Senior journalist and president of the Press Club of India Anand Sahay alleged the current government "does not care for the notion of democracy".
The journalists named in the FIR are Mrinal Pande, Rajdeep Sardesai, Vinod Jose, Zafar Agha, Paresh Nath and Anant Nath and an unidentified person has also been named in the FIR.
Attempt to intimidate, harass, browbeat media: Editor's Guild slams FIRs against journalists over Republic Day violence
In a statement, the Guild demanded that such FIRs be withdrawn immediately and the media be allowed to report without fear and with freedom.
The Guild said the warrant issued by a lower court was an example of ploys used by business houses to silence voices in media.
In a statement, the guild said it considered the arrest as a brazen violation of every constitutional safeguard given for freedom of expression.
Fayaz Lolu, Mudasir Qadri and Junaid Rafiq also claimed that their equipment was seized by the policemen who took them to a police post after physically assaulting them.
The Editors Guild of India will host a series of webinars starting December 15 in order to present ‘unheard voices’.
This goes against the tenets of responsible and ethical journalism, and such actions compromise the credibility of the media, it said in a statement.
In a statement, the guild said it is perturbed by the "unprovoked" advisory issued by the Press Council of India on November 25 to the media.
The Editors Guild of India has expressed its concern over a recent advisory by the Press Council of India (PCI) cautioning the media on ‘unregulated circulation’ of ‘foreign content’.
The Guild was recently criticised by Padma Shri awardee and Shillong Times editor Patricia Mukhim who accused it of issuing statements only for celebrity journalists.