Not news without a communal angle?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 28/04/2018

Do journalists not jump on something unless they sniff a communal angle? Three doctors from the BRD Medical Hospital were made scapegoats and arrested  in the Gorakhpur crisis where 30 children died. Dr Kafeel Khan, hailed by the media as the ``hero'' who  had arranged oxygen cylinders,  was  charged with attempt to murder and  criminal conspiracy and finally released on bail last week. After his wife held a press conference in Delhi to highlight the repeated denial of bail to her husband and to Dr Rajeev Mishra and Dr Purnima Sukla, as well as their failing health. In Dr Khan's letter released to the press by his wife, he talks about how ``we'' were made scapegoats for what was administrative failure. But the press  chose to focus on Khan's arrest, seeing it as more evidence of the UP CM's communal mindset. The two other doctors who are not Muslims have not got bail yet. But that is not news. If and when they get bail, one wonders  whether that would be as well publicised  as Dr Khan's release.                            

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The Hindu  reports that  writer S Hareesh has withdrawn his novel Meesha which was being serialised in Mathrubhumi Weekly after threats from organisations of the Sangh Parivar. They also vandalised an exhibition organised by Mathrubhumi books in Kochi in protest. They found portions of a dialogue between two characters in the novel objectionable. The Mathrubhumi Weekly editor tweeted that literature was being mob lynched.                                

ET reports that the Congress party will  have a hyperlocal social media strategy for the forthcoming state elections. It says the Congress social media cell has "identified block level social media warriors" who will give feedback on community level issues to the party's social media  war room. Such as which local temples  with a particular caste following the Congress state unit chief should visit, or in which areas farm loan waiver schemes are going badly, giving the Congress an issue to raise.                    
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