Perils of journalism

IN Media Watch Briefs | 02/01/2018
Republic TV reporter Shravan Sen was covering a clash in Kurla Chembur junction when suddenly protesters snatched his camera and phone and insisted he shut his camera and stop videographing the violence immediately. The screen blacked out and only the audio could be heard. He was covering the violence that broke out in Mumbai this afternoon, sparked by reports of the death of a youth in violence in Pune yesterday in the wake of the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle. While the affilation of the protestors was not immediately discernible, other visuals showed bands of saffron-clad youth waving flags and using flag-posts as sticks to beat people and smash vehicles.                                     
 
 
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In the explosion of fake news, where one report is worse than the other, social media users were taken aback to see a post with the Republic TV logo quoting journalist Rana Ayyub to the effect that the government ordinance to hang rapists of minors was directed at Muslims! Ayyub had to take to Twitter and Facebook to clarify that she never said any such thing and the account itself was a parody of Republic TV.  We are waiting for Republic TV to condemn the account's post!                                                 
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