The ongoing Kashmir crisis seems to have divided mainstream media into two camps. While some journalists have questioned the use of disproportionate force on the protestors that has left scores dead and thousands injured, however there is a section of media that is questioning the patriotism of such journalists and labelling them as ‘terror sympathisers’.
NDTV’s Consulting Editor, Barkha Dutt today put out a post on her Facebook page and criticised Times Now’s Editor-in-Chief for calling journalists like her ‘terror sympathisers’.
You can read the full post here:
Times Now calls for gagging of media & for journalists to be tried &punished. This man is journalist? I am ashamed to be from same industry as him. What's striking is his brazen and cowardly hypocrisy. So he drones on and on about Pro Pakistan Doves without one word on the JK alliance agreement that commits the BJP and PDP to talks with Pakistan and Hurriyat and is silent on Modi's own Pakistan outreach- neither of which I object to- but since Arnab Goswami measures patriotism by such views why is he so silent on the government? Chamchagiri?
Imagine, a journalist actually exhorts the government to shut down sections of the media, misrepresents them as isi agents and terror sympathisers, calls for them to be tried and acted against. And our fraternity remains locked into politically correct and timid silence. Well Im not a shrinking violet Mr. Goswami and no matter how many times you take my name directly or indirectly on your show, I really dont give a toss for your opinion. I hope I will always be someone whose journalism you loathe, because trust me, the feeling is so utterly mutual that it would kill me to be on the same side of any issue as you.
Even CNN-News18’s Deputy Executive Editor Zakka Jacob tweeted in her support and said “Hyper-nationalists and govt-apologists masquerading as journalists! Shame!”