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DNA pulls down journalist's scathing article on Amit Shah; social media in furore

14-July-2014
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DNA pulls down journalist's scathing article on Amit Shah; social media in furore

DNA published an article on 9th July by Rana Ayyub, formerly of Tehelka, which described Amit Shah as an example of the corrupt state of politics in India.

Reportedly, two days later, DNA decided to pull it down or delete it from its website. Ayyub tweeted, “@dna has pulled down my piece on Amit Shah "A new low in Indian politics". Appalled, disillusioned at the state of journalism !” and “@dna did not deem it necessary to inform me, no reasons given before pulling down my article on @AmitShahOffice from its website.”

The article talked about how a special CBI court adjourned Amit Shah’s bail application in alleged fake encounter cases on grounds that he was busy with political work in the capital.

Several journalists showed solidarity towards Ayyub by tweeting in her support.

Rajdeep Sardesai tweeted, “When there is no freedom, there is no creativity.”

Sagarika Ghose tweeted, “Press freedom in jeopardy across globe,acutely so in India:media is all about credibility,once lost, gone forever. Freedom=credibility=value,” while Jehangir Pocha’s tweet said, “Taking Rana Ayyub's article off the DNA site has only caused it to be read by far more people.”

Ramchandra Guha tweeted, “A column by @RanaAyyub on Amit Shah has been pulled down by DNA: check http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/standpoint-a-new-low-in-indian-politics-2000913 … A new low for media self-censorship?”

Shashi Tharoor’s tweet said, “This is an utter disgrace: http://www.newslaundry.com/2014/07/11/dna-does-it-again/ … Can free speech survive in media that crawls b4 it's asked2bend?”

These and many more tweets that have surfaced over the issue have been more or less critical of DNA’s  reported decision of pulling down the article.

In fact, the article is easily available online.

Ayyub tweeted, “Just created a blog . My piece which has been pulled down from @dna can be found here. Please read http://muhaasra.blogspot.in.”

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