Fake video and a riot, yet again!

IN Media Watch Briefs | 09/09/2013

The recent history of the fake videos that circulated on the Assam riots and led to the exodus of people from the North-East, appears to have repeated itself in the horrific Muzzafarnagar riots, that also claimed the life of a journalist. The fake video was two years old, UP officials said. It appeared to be of two youth lynched in Pakistan.

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