India’s leading magazine ‘India Today’ has committed an unpardonable fraud in journalism. The magazine tried a dramatic photo shoot session by taking some of the protesting farmers from Tamil Nadu in Delhi’s protesting area Jantar Mantar to a nearby Greater Noida farming area. Social Media is abuzz with photos of the blatant violation of journalistic ethics where India Today’s cameramen are directing poses for three farmers with some skulls.
The photos exposed the fact that the magazine photographers were directing the poses to the farmers for their next edition.
This was first brought out by S G Suryah, BJP’s Tamil Nadu youth wing leader who tweeted as follows:
He put out India Today’s dramatic and unethical photo session of Tamil Nadu farmers at Greater Noida’s Chauroli Village. The photos exposed the fact that the magazine photographers were directing the poses to the farmers for their next edition.
Internet warrior Media Crooks came out with a scathing attack on India Today Group Chairman Aroon Purie for choreographing the Tamil famers in Noida farm lands: https://twitter.com/mediacrooks/status/856187891977830400. Ravi Narayan who runs Media Crooks quoted the Facebook post of Mahendra Singh Chauroli, a farmer leader from Chauroli Village in Greater Noida.
Not only Aroon Purie, India Today’s Group Editorial Director Raj Chengappa also owes an answer for committing this fraud on journalism. Raj Chengappa is also the President of Editors Guild of India, a letter pad body or Club of Editors which issues statements off and on.
Aroon Purie and Raj Chengappa owe answers to the nation.
Moreover, India Today TV’s Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai’s role in this questionable activity also needs to be mentioned. This incident happened hours after Rajdeep did a few live shows with the protesting farmers in Jantar Mantar and started stressing on the skulls dramatically displayed by this doubtful gang of Tamil Nadu politicians. In the past, Rajdeep has invited controversies with questionable and dramatic coverage in Cash For Vote Scam in Parliament in 2008. The journalist who covered this dramatic sting operation had deposed before a court that he was directed by Rajdeep on this fraud operation. Once Prime Minister Narendra Modi had criticised Rajdeep in his interview with veteran writer Madhu Kishwar for his inflammatory reporting and frauds in covering Gujarat riots of 2002. For the past few days, through his tweets Rajdeep was trying to fan flames portraying Tamil Nadu farmers’ dramatic protests as a national issue.
This is a clear instance of Presstitution by India Today. Unpardonable fraud on Journalism. Aroon Purie and Raj Chengappa owe answers to the nation.
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