PM visit spawns fake news

IN Media Watch Briefs | 14/02/2018

Gulf news had a report  screaming Fake News! about a video clip aired by Times Now and Zee TV which showed a man in Arab dress saying Jai Siya Ram, and claimed that it was the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.  Apparently the man was a UAE-based columnist at a Morari Bapu event in 2016. The clip was aired by the channels when the PM was visiting the UAE. The Print had a story on how the "first Hindu temple" in Abu Dhabi to be inaugurated by the PM was also fake news, put out by a BJP MP from Gujarat. The temple in question is still to be built.                     

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Journalists covering the ongoing protest of residents of the coastal town of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu were at the receiving end of police violence and found their cameras and cellphones snatched. The residents were demanding immediate closure of Vedanta Sterlite's copper operations and the agitation turned bloody, leaving one person dead in police firing.          

According to this report  34 people who were employed by  ABP Ltd through contractors for different departments, and were fired,  have been protesting outside the ABP premises for almost a month now but there has been no media coverage. Their troubles began when they formed a union in response to not being paid minimum wages by their contractors in 2016. Their union is affiliated to the TMC. They were fired after forming a union.The ABP management has not met them yet. Media outlets approached by the workers have declined to cover their plight. The Labour Minister has lent them a ear, but that has not resulted in any action.                     

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