Communalism

Not news without a communal angle?

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |28/04/2018

Do journalists not jump on something unless they sniff a communal angle? Three doctors from the BRD Medical Hospital were made scapegoats and arrested  in the Gorakhpur crisis where 30 children died. Dr Kafeel Khan, hailed by the media as the ``hero'' who  had arranged oxygen cylinders,  was  charged with attempt to..

 

Kerala’s WhatsApp hartal

BY N. P. CHEKKUTTY| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |25/04/2018

Kerala youths were drawn into violent protests over the Kathua case by anonymous WhatsApp calls made by shadowy forces with ulterior motives

 

Reporting Communal Issues – Part II

BY JYOTI PUNWANI| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |25/03/2018

Hadiya’s conversion and marriage suffered the biased, hate-filled, anti-Muslim treatment that is now routine for some TV channels.

 

How Zee and ABP News sowed communal poison

BY JYOTI PUNWANI| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |20/03/2018

Their coverage of Ankit Saxena’s murder was a master class in hate-mongering. Reporting Communal Issues - Part I

 

Hadiya: a media spectacle

BY GEETA SESHU| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |28/10/2017

The life of Hadiya – confined for converting to Islam and marrying a Muslim - has become the property of her father, the media, and the courts

 

Inciting a communal free for all

BY SEVANTI NINAN| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |09/07/2017

Television shows on West Bengal’s communal situation did their best to pit Hindus against Muslims..

 

Times of India in Kerala demonises Shias

BY MUHAMMED SABITH| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |05/08/2017

A one-sided story painting a picture of Shias plotting to take over is a classic example of rumour and conjecture replacing facts.

 

Communal talk

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |06/07/2017

Arnab Goswami has discovered Muslim appeasement in Basirhaat in Mamata Banerjee's state and hollered away about it for two nights in a row on Republic TV. On July 4 he thundered that the CM was turning West Bengal into fatwastan and asked repeatedly, "Is there Muslim appeasement in West Bengal?"..

 

Selective coverage of atrocities

BY SHUBHAM VERMA| IN MEDIA MONITORING |09/03/2017

Why do some anti-dalit and anti-minority atrocities dominate the news while others are ignored?

 

Why NDTV ban and Zee FIR are not comparable

BY ROHIN KUMAR| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |05/01/2017

The first was an attack on free speech. The Mamata govt FIR aims to stop Zee from inciting Hindu-Muslim enmity with its coverage of the Dhulagarh riots.

 

No govt ads for 'extremist' Kerala paper

BY MUHAMMED SABITH| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |05/11/2016

Seven years ago, Kerala stopped giving government ads to Thejas on the grounds that the newspaper promoted religious hatred. The policy continues.

 

Dehumanising Muslims in Assam

BY Abdul Kalam Azad| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |23/09/2016

Cast as the ‘other’, dubbed ‘Bangladeshi’ and incessantly victimized, the Bengal-origin Muslim is fair game, with the media actively whipping up hatred.

 

Media parrots the BJP in Aligarh

BY M. REYAZ| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |27/07/2016

Muzaffanagar, Kairana, Aligarh…….why do leading newspapers spread the false stories of ‘a forced Hindu exodus’ concocted by the BJP

 

Incendiary report

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |17/06/2016

This ET story is extraordinary. It amounts to undiluted airing of  the BJP's communal accusations. When a reporter tracks a BJP fact-finding team to Kairana, the town that is in the news for the alleged exodus of Hindus and the story is accompanied  by  a video, should she then file a report without..

 

Hitting the wrong note in Assam

BY ANURAAG BARUAH| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |04/06/2016

The media got the story of the Muslim boy who topped the Class 10 exam wrong. His religion was irrelevant.

 

Playing Down the Malda Violence

BY JYOTI PUNWANI| IN OPINION |17/02/2016

Was it because the mob was Muslim and the victims Hindu? The English media’s credibility is at issue.

 

Aamir's 'alarm' and media bias

BY ANUP KUMAR| IN OPINION |25/11/2015

The cliche ‘one is an anecdote, two is a coincidence and three is a trend’ explains the media’s ‘intolerance’ narrative..

 

Seeking legitimacy for hate speech

BY PADMAJA SHAW| IN JUDGEMENTS |23/11/2015

The outcome of Subramanian Swamy’s case is going to be important for the future of both free speech and hate speech in India.

 

Fifty shades of saffron

BY PADMAJA SHAW| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |14/10/2015

After each attack on free speech, the television channels choose to rant and bring in a chorus of Parivar apologists to fully justify their politics.

 

 

Christian persecution: fact or fiction?

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |03/04/2015

By selectively focusing on violent incidents in Churches, the media has created a Christians-under-siege narrative.

 

 

Better late than never

IN OPINION |20/02/2015

Narendra Modi's belated statement condemning religious violence was either welcomed in fairly pedestrian editorials or ignored by some business papers.

 

The Pioneer rationalises, poor dear

IN OPINION |28/01/2015

The Pioneer edit was an awful embarrassment as it tried to explain away Obama's remark on religious tolerance.

 

"Bodos kill 65 in Assam"

BY Anuraag Baruah| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |27/12/2014

This headline in the Assam Tribune was a reflection of the state of English journalism in Assam -- mindless and communal,

 

Banned for telling the truth about riots?

BY NUPUR BASU| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |10/10/2014

Shubhradeep Chakravorty's widow is planning to take the fight to screen his film on the Muzaffarnagar riots to the courts.

 

Media doublespeak

BY Jyoti Punwani| IN OPINION |18/09/2014

The use of the term "love jihad" by the media needs questioning, alongside other issues of why inflammatory remarks by politicians are reported and the treatment they are given.

 

Good rioters and bad rioters

BY Jyoti Punwani| IN OPINION |03/08/2014

Compare TV coverage of the Saharanpur riot with print's efforts and for once, the former did a better job. But look carefully at riot coverage in general and you find a double standard emerging,

 

Juicy stories buried in election season

BY Jyoti Punwani| IN OPINION |04/05/2014

The Prime Minister's brother joining the BJP rightly made page one news. What about the brother of Sohrabuddin, killed in a fake encounter investigated by the CBI, deciding to campaign for the BJP

 

Hate speech regulations: stringent investigations only the first step

BY Geeta Seshu| IN OPINION |14/03/2014

Hate speech cases are highly politicised and undermine basic law enforcement principles,

 

1984 riots are centre stage again

BY AMITABH SRIVASTAVA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |03/02/2014

It is unfortunate that when both Modi and the Congress were trying to bury the communal issues, the anchor of the most popular show has resurrected the ghosts of 1984 riots once again,

 

Exaggerated and sensational

BY KABIR ALI| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |24/09/2012

The reportage in Urdu newspapers was substantially responsible for the after-effects of Assam violence.

 

Media and the Muslim

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/03/2012

The Indian media are often guilty of representing the Muslim extremist view as the general stance of the community, thereby branding it as irrational and rabidly non-secular.

 

It’s the Muslims, of course

BY SHAIK ZAKEER HUSSAIN|IN MEDIA PRACTICE|19/07/2011

The trigger happy Indian media has always shot off volleys at a series of Islamic organisations (real and imagined) every time there have been bomb blasts.

 

Reporting Ayodhya -III

BY Ajitha Menon|IN REGIONAL MEDIA|23/10/2010

The minority perspective got virtually no space in both the Anandabazar Patrika and The Telegraph in the run up to the Ayodhya verdict.

 

Reporting Ayodhya-II

BY Padmaja Shaw and Nagamallika G|IN REGIONAL MEDIA|18/10/2010

In Hyderabad both Eenadu and Deccan Chronicle bent over backwards to maintain balance. One defining feature of Eenadu was the effort it took to present both the sides for almost all stories.

 

Reporting Ayodhya- I?

BY HOOT survey|IN REGIONAL MEDIA|16/10/2010 ?

Gujarati newspapers used treatment, rather content, to indicate their pro- verdict stance. Did TOI’s well-meaning communal harmony efforts reaffirm stereotypes? Our series on Comparative Coverage begins with the Ayodhya coverage in Gujarat.

 

Reporting in times of communal strife --IV

BY Subarno Chattarji|IN REGIONAL MEDIA|09/09/2010

More than Kashmir Times published from Jammu, commentary in Greater Kashmir highlighted the alienation – economic, physical, and psychological – fostered by the blockade and the fact that it was directly antithetical to India’s claim to the Valley,

 

Reporting in times of communal strife --III

IN MEDIA PRACTICE|05/09/2010

Comments and editorials that followed the Amarnath land allocation dispute revealed a desire for communal harmony and a need for calm deliberation rather than rabble rousing.

 

Reporting in times of communal strife --II

IN MEDIA PRACTICE|02/09/2010

Media narratives: Jammu versus Kashmir. The Dainik Jagran published from Jammu took it upon itself in the summer of 2008 to give voice to Jammu’s anger, anguish and sense of discrimination.

 

Reporting in times of communal strife

IN MEDIA PRACTICE|31/08/2010

Two years after Amarnath erupted and caused a lasting schism between Jammu and Kashmir, The Hoot looks at the role played by the media in the state. Did they rise above the strife or did they opt to cater to their home constituencies? 

 

Reporting communal clashes 

BY SR Ramanujan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |17/10/2008

There should not be separate standards for reporting communal clashes – one for Hindu-Muslim strife and the other for Hindu-Christian violence.

 

Churches and conversions in the Bangalore press

BY Ammu Joseph| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |24/09/2008

Hardly ever are people who are actually in a position to illuminate the scene with the light of knowledge quoted in the press or interviewed on television.

 

Orissa violence: lies and media reports

BY Vishal Arora| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |27/08/2008

The newspaper report, which is being circulated by email and on the Web by supporters of the Sangh Parivar, is not only inflammatory, but also factually incorrect.

 

Lending hate campaigns a platform

BY Jyoti Punwani| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |24/02/2008

At the height of the campaign, the TOI group¿s Maharashtra Times allowed Raj Thackeray to justify and expand upon his hate campaign in a long piece titled `"My stand, My fight’’

 

Welcome, the New Muslim

BY Dasu Krishnamoorty| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |31/10/2007

Even as Tehelka revives Gujarat 2002, winds of change are sweeping the Muslim community that need media attention. The Hindustan Times has been running a series celebrating the arrival of the New Muslim who abhors Sachar crutches or government doles.

 

If its Gujarat it must be communal

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |31/05/2006

Deccan Chronicle displayed the tendency of the English press to sensationalise and communalize news relating to Gujarat.

 

Vadodara—stoking communal sentiments

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |11/05/2006

Professional ethics demand that, on such occasions, the media conducts itself with utmost restraint, not stoking communal tension.

 

Taking sides in Vadodara?

BY darius| IN OPINION |08/05/2006 ?

The more I read editorials, the more I wonder why those who write them are paid so much. Any blogger would do just as well.

 

Revisiting some truths in the Radhabai Chawl case

BY Jyoti Punwani| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |05/04/2006

A rejoinder to Dasu Krishnamoorty`s assertion that the media did not pursue acquittals in the Radhabhai chawl case because the accused were Muslims.

 

Remember the dead of the Radhabai Chawl?

BY Dasu Krishnamoorty| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |02/03/2006

The media campaigned on Best Bakery and will do so for Jessica Lal. But why did it not pursue acquittals in the Radhabai chawl case as doggedly

 

Oblivious to communalism?

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |03/09/2004

The media’s indulgence towards a rabid communal politician such as Uma Bharti is nothing new.

 

An activist magazine completes a decade

BY Jyoti Punwani| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/09/2003

I wish the day would come when there wouldn?t be the need for Communalism Combat.

 

Why Navakaal was charged with contempt of court

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/01/1900

The issue here goes beyond freedom of the press and the image of the judiciary. It concerns the effect a newspaper has on relations between the majority and minority communities

 

Media Focus:  Investigating Godhra

BY ninan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |16/12/2002

 

Workshop on covering communal conflict

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |09/09/2002

 

National symposium on Gujarat Carnage and Media; A Report

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |26/08/2002

 

The Hindu, Hindus, and Hindutva

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/01/1900

 

Gujarat and the media: inconsistent secularism

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |19/08/2002

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