Napoléon Bonaparte is said to have remarked “Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets”. This is becoming increasingly true in today’s “Post Truth” world where Newspapers are no longer made by news or journalism. They are made by sheer weight of money and serve not the interests of the many, but the vested interests of the few.
By the time the facts of the case come out, the damage is already done and more often than not, the last page apology never reaches where the screaming headline reached in the first place. This has been seen most recently when headlines tagging India to rapes and lynch mobs were circulated widely in International publications. The hostile headlines continue to live and thrive with a life of their own and the newspaper and their offending journalists live to lie again. In such times, the role of the citizen and legal activist becomes of paramount importance.
Repeated Instances, No Penalty for TOI
As of 23rd July Times of India yet again published a story with a misleading image which was immediately flagged by alert twitter users. However, the TOI, like multiple times before this, did not acknowledge its mistake but merely deleted the picture in question and the tweet https://twitter.com/timesofindia/status/1021258605503188992
This instance comes shortly after the report of 16th July 2016 by the same newspaper where child trafficking in a madrassa at Kodungaiyur in Tamil Nadu was reported with Veda Pathshala by the reporter Ekatha.Ann@timesgroup.com.
With repeated instances such as the one that has happened today going without as much as a token of admonishment by the Government or Press Council of India, it is now upto the citizen of the country to come together and take legal action against the repeat offenders.
Goal of this Campaign
The goal of this campaign is to fund the legal case against the Times of India and its reporter Mohammed.Akhef@timesgroup.com. The cost of the legal proceedings is expected to be 4 lakh which will be paid to the office of Shri Prashant Patel who will fight the legal case against TOI. Please contribute to the cause of Nyaya and help fight Fight TOI’s Fake Media Narrative.
My name is Ashutosh Joshi and I am based in Delhi-NCR working as Manager Finance for a large MNC. Inspired by the dynamic leadership of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, I have decided to do my bit by helping our Nation’s grass root heroes. I am the moderator of this campaign.
I have raised more than 20 lakh for our grass root heroes in campaigns listed below:
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