Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fake News: Here's Kavita Krishnan of CPI (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation reporting for ANI!

Has Kavita Krishnan, a member of the Polit Bureau of CPI (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation, joined news agency ANI as a reporter? 

Going by the ANI "report" pasted below -- which I first noticed 're-reported' on Tuesday on the website of Pakistani newspaper Dawn -- that would be the first impression one would get.

Posted on 25 April 2017 on Hindustan Times website, the ANI report says Krishnan "unfolded" in a Facebook post a "shocking case of religious discrimination" on a Delhi Metro train against an "elderly Muslim gentleman".

The report includes Krishnan's Facebook post of April 23 --- an 891-word tirade against "communal bullying" with references to Islamophobia, Yogi Adityanath, anti-Romeo squads, cow protection, Muslim women, Valmiki community, Kashmiri students, Africans in India, vulnerable communities, racist abuse, lynchings, and such other engaging topics --- but has no original quote of the persons actually involved in the alleged incident.

There is no indication in the ANI report that the reporter directly spoke with Santosh Roy (who is said to have come forward to help the "elderly Muslim gentlemen") or the victim, or a police person. 

The entire report seems to have been based on Krishnan's Facebook post.

As a journalist, I never thought that this kind of "reporting" -- based on someone's Facebook post with no indication of the reporter having directly spoken to the people involved in the incident -- would ever pass muster with any editor.

If this kind of "reporting" does pass muster with ANI editors, let them state it clearly and publicly, so that the public is warned. 

This hearsay cannot be deemed anything but fake news.

And with all due respect to Krishnan  -- (whom reporters tend always to describe as a "women's rights activist" - as the ANI reporter has done in this case - rather than as a politician belonging to CPI-ML Liberation) -- I don't know anyone who views her as anything but a shrill political partisan.

‘Go to Pakistan’: Elderly Muslim man humiliated by youth in Delhi metro

(ANI, New Delhi, 25 April 2017)

In yet another shocking case of religious discrimination, an aged Muslim man was denied a seat in Delhi metro by a group of youth, who hurled slurs and abuses at him over his appearance.

The incident took place in the violet line of Delhi Metro where the young men turned down the request of a senior citizen of vacating a seat and told him to go to Pakistan if he wishes to get a seat in the coach.

The incident came into view after women’s right activist Kavita Krishnan unfolded this shameful incident in her Facebook post.

According to the post, the National Secretary of AICCTU, Santosh Roy, intervened and came forward in support of the old man.

When Roy asked the young men to apologise to the man, they refused and also held Roy by his collar and allegedly told him to “Go to Pakistan”.

Finally, when a guard entered the compartment at the Khan Market station. A complaint was filed at the Pandara Road police station where they were taken.

A few days later, when Roy visited the police station he came to know that the elderly man had decided not to pursue the complaint.

“The elderly gentleman had given a written statement that he accepted the apology from the two young men and that he had forgiven them keeping in mind their young age,” Krishnan added.

The news in question can be read on news agency ANI's website on the link pasted below.

Kavita Krishnan's Facebook post can be accessed on the following link.


The incident has been 're-reported' by Pakistan newspaper Dawn on the link pasted below.

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