‘He Has Right To Make A Decision’: India Clears Air On French Journalist’s ‘Work Ban’ Claim

Farcis is the South Asia correspondent for Radio France Internationale, Radio France, Liberation and the Swiss and Belgian public radios.
Sebastian Francis

He stated that he was not given any “reason” on why a “work ban” was imposed on him.

Responding to French journalist Sebastien Farcis' claims that he was "forced to leave" the country and that “no reason has been provided to justify this work ban”, the government on Friday said that the renewal of his work permit was “under consideration.”
“Mr. Farcis is an OCI card holder and under our regulations requires approval to carry out journalistic assignments. He has re-applied for renewal of work permit in May 2024, and to the best of my knowledge, his case is under consideration,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said on Friday.
He, however, “has the right to make a decision insofar as his travel out of the country is concerned,” Jaiswal said.
Farcis is the South Asia correspondent for Radio France Internationale, Radio France, Liberation and the Swiss and Belgian public radios. In a post on microblogging site X, formerly known as Twitter, he claimed that he was being forced to leave India after 13 years of his reporting in the country, as the Home Ministry has refused to renew his work permit.
“On 17th June, I was forced to leave India, a country where I had lived and worked as a journalist for 13 years, as a South Asia correspondent for Radio France Internationale, Radio France, Libération and the Swiss and Belgian public radios. Three months ago, on 7th March, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) denied the renewal of my journalist permit, preventing me from practicing my profession and depriving me of all my income,” Farcis said in the X post on Thursday.
He added that he was not given any “reason” on why a “work ban” was imposed on him “despite formal and repeated requests made to the MHA.”
“I have tried to appeal also, but to no avail so far,” he said in the statement posted on the social media platform.
He further said that this development comes as a “big shock” for him. “This decision also had a great impact on my family: I am married to an Indian woman, and I have the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) status. I am therefore deeply attached to India, which has become my second homeland. But with no more work nor income, my family has been pushed out of India without explanation, and uprooted overnight for no apparent reason,” his post read.
He, however, has applied for a new work permit, which he confirmed in his post and said that he hopes “it will be accepted. In the meantime, as I am not able to work, I am forced to return to France.”
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