Loya story evolves--and how

IN Media Watch Briefs | 27/11/2017

Media investigations in the Loya story get curiouser and curiouser. Caravan's initial story raised dire suspicions about the judge's death but with each subsequent follow-up  the facts are becoming transformed. The auto rickshaw in which the judge was taken to hospital remained an auto rickshaw in the NDTV follow up, with its use being justified, but with the Indian Express  getting into the act it has become a car, indeed two cars. Caravan said the body to the judge's village was sent with just a driver, NDTV says not so, there were two judicial officers and a constable inside the ambulance. Express says two judicial officers  followed in another car. As for the ECG, the first story said he was taken to a hospital where the machine was not working, NDTV said it worked and showed a tall spike, Express has a photo of hospital and ECG report. Today, November 27, the date on the ECG report is reported as being wrong. We wait with baited breath for more discoveries.                        

 

Subscribe To The Newsletter

The National Herald has announced  that Neelabh Mishra, Editor-in-Chief of National Herald and Navjeevan, died on February 24 after a long illness, in Chennai. He was formerly editor of the Hindi Outlook until 2015, and became editor of NH in 2016. He began his career from the Navbharat Times in Patna, and launched Eenadu TV in Rajasthan in 1998. Tributes to him on Twitter describe him as  deeply committed to egalitarian and secular values.                                             

The Hindu, The Times of India and  Hindustan Times reported the most controversial parts of the Army chief's Feb 21 speech on immigration in the North East and the growth of the AIUDF as a party. It was only Indian Express that reported a longer excerpt, in which he spoke of amalgamation rather than identification as a solution in Assam, and pointed out that Muslims had come to Assam with the Ahoms in the 1200s and had equal rights over the land. "Both these people have claim to the state of Assam and therefore to the North East region," the army chief said.  Why didn't the others report this crucial admission, which is rarely heard? Because it would have gone against the sensational headlines all the papers gave to their report of the speech? The headlines either highlighted Rawat's comparison between the growth of Badruddin Ajmal's  AIUDF's and the BJP, or his accusation that Pakistan and China were driving the illegal immigration into the North East.                     

            

View More