IAMC Weekly News Digest, 6th November 2020


Emergency? Here Are 9 Cases Where BJP Leaders Didn’t Jump to Arrested Journalists’ Defence

Photo: Indian Express

Several Bharatiya Janata Party leaders including Union ministers Amit Shah, Smriti Irani and Prakash Javadekar and other senior party functionaries have expressed their outrage at Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami’s arrest, saying the Maharashtra government has abused its power and clamped down on freedom of expression. While the leaders’ concern for media freedom is admirable, several people have pointed that BJP governments across India have targeted and arrested a number of journalists, and no Union ministers have spoken up in those cases. Here’s a list of journalists arrested just in the last few months, who haven’t got the same solidarity from the ruling party as Goswami has.…

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Shivnath Thukral – FB’s Stand-In For Ankhi Das Also Close to BJP 

Photo: The Quint

…Two weeks after The Wall Street Journal published a report detailing how Ankhi Das failed to take action against hate speech being spread by leaders of the BJP on its platform, an investigation by TIME magazine claimed Thukral also ignored hate speech violations in 2019. The TIME report mentions that… Thukral, ignored some of the key violations that were pointed out by Avaaz. As per the TIME report, Shiladitya Dev, an Assamesee lawmaker for PM Modi’s BJP, shared a news report about a girl being allegedly drugged and raped by a Muslim man in 2019. He added his own comment to the post: “This is how Bangladeshi Muslims target our [native people] in 2019.”… the TIME report points out that Shivnath Thukral had worked with the BJP leadership to assist in the party’s 2014 election campaign.…

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Zee News spews communal venom over US elections!

Photo: Sabrang India

In a deeply communal tweet, Zee News has projected the electoral battle between Donald Trump and Joe Biden as one between ‘nationalism’ and the ‘Muslim card’. The tweet promoting a show tracking election results asked viewers, “Will ‘nationalism’ win or the ‘Muslim card’?” While the ‘nationalism’ reference ties Donald Trump neatly with the purported agenda of the Indian regime thereby projecting him as a more desirable candidate, it was the tethering of Biden, and by extension Democrats and all liberals, to the so called ‘Muslim card’. It is well known that Donald Trump had instituted a ‘Muslim ban’ preventing people from seven predominantly Islamic nations from flying into the United States in January 2017. Democrats remained staunch and vocal critics of the move that was also contested tooth and nail in the courts.…

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Communal Harmony

Respect All Religions: Message In Uber Driver’s Cab Wins Internet 

Aurangabad Urologist Altaf Shaikh Offers Free Treatment to Poor Mother of Martyred Soldier

News

Emergency? Here Are 9 Cases Where BJP Leaders Didn’t Jump to Arrested Journalists’ Defence

Shivnath Thukral – FB’s Stand-In For Ankhi Das Also Close to BJP 

Zee News spews communal venom over US elections!

India: Counterterrorism Raids Targeting Peaceful Critics 

Govt seeks law dept help as police refuse to share FIRs on Delhi riots 

Kerala withdraws consent to CBI for probes in state

Former civil servants ask corporates to rethink advertising in media that promote hatred 

India Islamic Cultural Centre signboard defaced, Hindu Sena says its workers did it 

The Kashmir journalists ‘harassed’ and ‘questioned’ for doing their job

Prominent US-based Dalit activists call for international support against caste-based violence

Opinion

How Sri Preston Kulkarni’s Run For Congress Got Tangled Up In Indian Politics – By Rashmee Kumar, Murtaza Hussain 

Arnab Goswami’s arrest exposes Right-wing hypocrisy on free speech and political vendetta – By Shivam Vij 

The Modi government is spending ever more on media ads. Who benefits? – By Anmol Somanchi & Supriti David 

Kashmiris decry ‘land grab’ as India enacts new laws – By Rifat Fareed 

Reconstructing 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogrom Through Untold Stories Of Women – By Manreet Sodhi Someshwar 

Punjab: Protests Against New Farm Laws Have Seen 12 Farmers Die, Centre Remains Unmoved – By Vivek Gupta 

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