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On May 21, all Mumbai newspapers reported on page 1  the NIA charge sheet against Areeb Majeed, the Kalyan boy who went off to join ISIS last year. But when the Indian Express asked Areeb's family his mother contradicted the NIA  claim that Areeb had "sneaked into'' India and was caught at Mumbai airport. He had returned on his own, she said, in fact, she and her husband had notified the NIA when he told them he wanted to return.  This isn't the first time that intelligence agencies are taking credit for "nabbing" fugitives who return on their own. March 12, 1993 bomb blasts accused Yakub Memon, who faces the death penalty, is the prime example of this. Despite knowing this, our newspapers faithfully report only the agency version.
In an Indian Express mailer, the paper calls itself the third most-read news website in the country at 3.8 million unique visitors per month, a distant third after ToI (20.5 million) and NDTV (9.7 million). The Express has marginally more online visitors than the Hindu (3.7 million),  and Firstpost which comes 5th (2.5 million), is marginally ahead of the Hindustan Times (2.4 million). The survey was conducted by comScore, India and the .. more>>
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