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Press council chief urged to take action against bias media, stop Media trial

Wednesday February 27, 2013 11:45:08 AM, Special Correspondent

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Hyderabad: Gen. Secretary of Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee Lateef Mohammed Khan in an open letter sent to the Press Council Chief, Justice (Rtrd.) Markandey Katju has urged him to take action against the 'bias media' and stop the Media Trial' of the Muslim community.


Outlining the way the media is reporting the post-terror attack situation, he said there was a clear bias and deliberate attempt by a section to malign the image of the Muslim community. He also accused the media of spreading hatred against the Muslim community. 


"Telugu channels which telecast both Telugu and Urdu news bulletin are completely different. In the Telugu bulletins they spread hatred against Muslims where in Urdu bulletin they are very cautious in reporting such hatred. So, the Telugu and Urdu news bulletin are completely different from each other", he said in his letter sent to Justice Katju, a copy of which is available with


Expressing the concern over the media coverage after the recent Dilsukhnagar serial blasts, he wrote, "The media started investigation and jumped on the conclusions and media room trial started. By giving their own sources they named the organizations behind the blast and also the names of Muslim youths. They even said that the planning of these blasts took place in October itself."


"The media is diverting and linking these blasts to the revenge of Afzal Guru and Ajmal Kasab. The media also said that it is the revenge of Akbaruddin Owaisi’s arrest", he said.

"Before the state investigating agencies and central investigating agencies reached the spot, the media and Hindutva elements gathered due to which the evidence at the bomb blast site were lost. Though the police personnel reached there but did not try to control the Hindutva elements and media mob. The Hindutva elements raised anti-Muslim slogans", he alleged in his letter.

"The first thing which the media announced is that the actual target of bomb blast was not the present place but it was the Saibaba Mandir (how media got this report no one knows). Then the media started explaining how the preparations of bomb blast took place.


"They even said that two days before the blasts the bomb planters were roaming in that area. Media even declared the names of the persons involved in the blast. The number of channels, that number of investigation and trial was going on and all the channels had same conclusions.


"The target of all these channels was Muslims", he wrote.


"The matter of concern is that the media houses do not have any evidence or any information of this incident but had only speculations. But with the type of their reporting it seemed that they knew everything in advance", he wrote.


"The media is even showing an injured Muslim youth in the blast as main suspect and unfortunately this person named Mirza Abdul Wasey became the victim of bomb blast for the second time. He was injured even in the Makkah Masjid blast as well.


"A person injured two times in the blast i.e. in Makkah Masjid bomb blast and Dilsukhnagar bomb blast became a crime, only because he is a Muslim", he alleged.

"The common people wondered that if the media houses knew all the facts then why didn’t they inform the police? And if they did not alert the police then it means that they have indirectly helped the terrorists", he wrote.


"This committee wants to draw your attention towards this type of reporting of media houses which is propagating hatred among the people and isolating the Muslim community", he wrote.


"The majority community is seeing them with suspect in every walk of life. The attitude of media has become the biggest threat to Muslim community and their life and liberty is at stake", he wrote.

"We request you to issue the direction to the media houses to stop their own investigation and media room trial against the Muslim community which is aimed at targeting Muslim community", he wrote.

"We request you to collect all the reporting of the media both electronic and print and investigate the news on this issue by forming a team of experts. Take against those media houses that have not spared a single minute to show and target Muslim community as terrorists", he wrote in his letter.




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