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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Around 1300 newspapers have benefitted from full page colour insertions by The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting  commemorating former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.  Some also got a full page insertion from the govt of Rajasthan. DAVP also worked to ensure that the blog the PM had penned got published, reaching out to some 125 newspapers late in the evening. Most of them obliged.               
Doordarshan News did not adhere to Prasar Bharati's existing police guidelines of not covering political party functions live on August 15 this year, reportsThe Print.  It telecast live BJP president Amit Shah's efforts to unfurl the national flag at the BJP headquarters. Unfortunately for Mr Shah DD only succeeded in telecasting to the world his gaffe in pulling at the wrong rope which made the flag fall to the ground before it was unfurled, reports the website.      
 
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