The relation between Indian Media and Fake News is been strengthen each and every day. Several independent journalists can be seen from various parts of the world ridicule India for spreading lies through fake claims on social media.
It is believed that the Indian Prime Minister Office has the most organized social media team in the entire region. The purpose of the team is to portrait the positive image of their prime minister, but this time they went too far.
To cover up all of the disappointments during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the United Nations General Assembly and meeting with US leadership, the Indian social media churned out an image of a fake news report by the New York Times.
Images of the Indian Prime Minister’s huge portrait on the upper half of the main page of the New York Times went viral on social media accounts with praise being lavished on their premier and for “making India proud.”
New York Times Statement
Three days later, on Sept 29, 2021, the New York Times Communications made it clear while stating in their tweet that “This is a completely fabricated image, one of many in circulation featuring Prime Minister Modi.”
The clarification also shared a link from where the NYT readers can find “All of our factual reporting on Narendra Modi.”
Competing Against Pakistani Counterpart
Sometimes jealousy can’t be controlled easily. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, who was on the front page of Newsweek and is the most sought-after world leader by the international media while on the other side Prime Minister Modi got a blunt ‘ignore’ from the US media.
Fuel was added to the fire when the speech of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in the 76th Session of the United Nations General Debate was viewed by more than 1 million people around the globe.
The front page of the original New York Times paper of September 26 in fact did not carry any story on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The social media posts did not share any link to the purported post, while even a cursory glance at the image clearly showed that it has been doctored.
It can also be seen that the font of the headline in the fake image did not match the New York Times actual stylesheet, while the date of the story featured a typo — “Setpember 26” instead of September 26.
Indian Fake News Network
Let’s not get so far, last year EU Disinfo Lab published a detailed report on Indian chronicles. Some of the key facts are as follow,
- 15 year-long operation running since 2005;
- 10+ UN Human Rights Council accredited NGOs, mostly resurrected;
- The resurrection of Prof. Louis B. Sohn, a prominent figure in human rights, deceased in 2006;
- Several identity thefts, including the name of Martin Schulz, former president of the European Parliament or the photo of James Purnell, a former UK Government minister;
- 750+ fake media outlets, covering 119 countries;
- 550+ domain names registered.
Indian media has lost all of its credibility. Now it is important for senior Indian journalists to step up and save the reputation of Indian media.
Free and independent media is vital for national development. The media is responsible for making the government accountable for its bad governance. But in India, it is totally the opposite.
Most of the prime time shows on India focus on bashing Pakistan, IIOJK, and Muslims within India instead of highlighting real issues and problems of the general public.
Whenever someone tries to criticize the government for its notorious policies, they are called traitors and agents of the ISI.