Malicious Reporting on Ishrat Jahan Case #HT


 

To,

The Editor,

Hindustan Times

 

On the day the CBI is set to file its chargesheet in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case,Hindustan Times has chosen to report about it in a manner that is malicious, prejudicial and intended to manipulate public opinion. The report, “ ‘Ishrat Jahan had links with Kashmir Separatists’: CBI” by Mahesh Langa and Abhishek Sharan in the Delhi/ Ahmedabad edition of the newspaper is nothing short of defamatory. The headline attributes this ‘information’ to the CBI whereas in the text of the report, it is said that two of those killed along with Ishrat “were associated with secessionist groups in Kahsmir”. Clearly, the CBI is not saying that Ishrat had any links with any group. This is a deliberate misrepresentation and a cheap trick to make connections where none exist in order to tarnish the reputation of a deceased girl who is no longer present to defend herself.

We are in possession of the original article written by HT Correspondent Mahesh Langa, which was also carried in the Ahmedabad edition of Hindustan Times as “Ishrat case: What the Chargesheet is Likely to reveal” which does not attempt to make any such a spurious connection.

 

From where then did this headline emerge in the Delhi edition? Why this attempt to taint her with the ‘terror’ tag through false and sensationalist headlines, especially on a day when the battle for justice enters a crucial phase with the CBI expected to file its chargesheet. It can hardly be seen as an innocent oversight given the fact that a concerted campaign to malign Ishrat’s reputation has been central to those trying to obstruct justice and the process of law.

 

The Hindustan Times needs to issue an unconditional apology to the family of Ishrat Jahan, printed in the same large and bold font as the headline of the report today. Such sensationalism violates all codes and ethics of reporting and journalism and is liable to invite action by Press Council and other statutory bodies as well as criminal liability

Vrinda Grover

Lawyer for Shamima Kauser

(Mother of deceased Ishrat Jehan)
Vrinda Grover
Advocate

N14A, Saket
New Delhi 110017
91 9810806181

 

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. rajesh dogra
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 19:19:01

    applies equally , rather better to prevailing Indian conditions.
    THIS IS SUPERB, TAKE TIME TO READ IT AND YOU WILL FIND THE TIME WORTH SPENT

    Adopt a terrorist

    A lady Canadian libertarian wrote a lot of letters to the
    government, complaining about the treatment of captive insurgents
    (terrorists) being held in Afghanistan National Correctional System
    facilities. She received back the following reply:

    National Defence Headquarters
    MGen George R. Pearkes Bldg, 15 NT
    101 Colonel By Drive
    Ottawa , ON K1A 0K2 Canada

    Dear Concerned Citizen,

    Thank you for your recent letter expressing your profound concern
    of treatment of the Taliban and Al Qaeda terrorists captured by
    Canadian Forces who were subsequently transferred to the Afghanistan
    Government and are currently being held by Afghan officials in
    Afghanistan National Correctional System facilities.

    Our administration takes these matters seriously and your opinions
    were heard loud and clear here in Ottawa. You will be pleased to
    learn, thanks to the concerns of citizens like yourself; we are
    creating a new department here at the Department of National Defense,
    to be called ‘Liberals Accept Responsibility for Killers’ program, or
    L.A.R.K. for short.

    In accordance with the guidelines of this new program, we have
    decided to divert one terrorist and place him in your personal care.
    Your personal detainee has been selected and is scheduled for
    transportation under heavily armed guard to your residence in Toronto
    next Monday. Ali Mohammed Ahmed bin Mahmud (you can just call him
    Ahmed) is to be cared for pursuant to the standards you personally
    demanded in your letter of complaint. It will likely be necessary for
    you to hire some assistant caretakers.. We will conduct weekly
    inspections to ensure that your standards of care for Ahmed are
    commensurate with those you so strongly recommend in your letter.

    Although Ahmed is a sociopath and extremely violent, we hope that
    your sensitivity to what you described as his ‘attitudinal problem’
    will help him overcome these character flaws. Perhaps you are correct
    in describing these problems as mere cultural differences. We
    understand that you plan to offer counseling and home schooling.

    Your adopted terrorist is extremely proficient in hand-to-hand
    combat and can extinguish human life with such simple items as a
    pencil or nail clippers. We advise that you do not ask him to
    demonstrate these skills at your next yoga group. He is also expert at
    making a wide variety of explosive devices from common household
    products, so you may wish to keep those items locked up, unless (in
    your opinion) this might offend him.

    Ahmed will not wish to interact with you or your daughters (except
    sexually) since he views females as a subhuman form of property. This
    is a particularly sensitive subject for him and he has been known to
    show violent tendencies around women who fail to comply with the new
    dress code that he will recommend as more appropriate attire. I’m sure
    you will come to enjoy the anonymity offered by the burka over time.
    Just remember that it is all part of ‘respecting his culture and
    religious beliefs’ as described in your letter.

    Thanks again for your concern. We truly appreciate it when folks
    like you keep us informed of the proper way to do our job and care for
    our fellow man. You take good care of Ahmed and remember, we’ll be
    watching. Good luck and God bless you.

    Cordially,
    Gordon O’Connor
    Minister of National Defense

    Reply

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