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Reporters Without Orders

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Young Reporters talk about major stories of the week and what it took to cover them. Click here to support Newslaundry: http://bit.ly/paytokeepnewsfree

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In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Basant Kumar and former Newslaundry reporter Rohin Verma.The discussion begins with Rohin’s report on Laungi Manjhi from Bihar’s Gaya. The man worked alone for thirty long years and dug out a three-kilometre-long canal to bring water to his village in southern Bihar, a region prone to severe drought. While most media houses pegged his story as one of inspiration, Rohin, through his report, highlighted the extreme poverty and government apathy that led Manjhi to take the task upon himself.  “Even if reporters would have pitched these stories, I know the editors wouldn’t have found it worthy enough to be covered,” says Rohin talking about how no one noticed what Manjhi had been doing for three decades. “But now when all is done, everyone wants to do a story on it.” The discussion then moves on to Basant’s report on the right wing’s obsession with the idea of ‘Love Jihad,’ especially in Uttar Pradesh. Panchajanya, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s mouthpiece, recently published a story on Love Jihad called ‘Pyaar ka Islamic katal’. All it took was a little digging for Basant to discover the glaring loopholes in the story. He also talks about how a committee has been formed in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur to look into cases of Love Jihad. “UP has so many cases of rape and many other issues, and all they can care about is Love Jihad,” says Basant.All this and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Supriti David and Ayush Tiwari.The conversation hits off with the most bizarre news story: Sudarshan TV’s show on  ‘UPSC Jihad.’ Last month, the Delhi High Court had put a stay order on the hate-mongering channel after the notorious #UPSC_Jihad promo caused an outrage on social media.  In his show, the channel’s editor-in-chief, Suresh Chavanke tried to convince  his audience that Indian Muslims have launched a ‘jihad’ on the coveted civil services examinations. Ayush talks about his report on the matter and contrasts the Supreme Court’s reaction to the show with that from the I&B Ministry.The discussion then moves on to Supriti’s report on the Baghjan oil well blowout in Assam. Supriti relates her experience of visiting the site, and how just a few minutes of exposure to “the roaring noise of the flame” and the smell of gas left her feeling nauseous. Imagine what the people who live there are going through, she says. She talks about the long-term ecological repercussions of the disaster and the response from Oil India Limited. She goes on to elaborate on the plight of villagers displaced by the fire who currently reside in relief camps. “Four months in a relief camp is a long time.” The people there want closure, acknowledgement of their suffering, and a concrete plan to ensure their rehabilitation,” says Supriti. Snigdha moves on to discuss Ayush’s report on Umar Khalid’s arrest and his interview of the arrested human rights activist, not long before he was arrested. “He was mentally prepared that he will be arrested,” says Ayush. He also points out the glaring loopholes in the Delhi Riots investigations. All this and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this edition, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Nidhi Suresh and Basant Kumar.The trio begins with the most bizarre headlines they came across this week. Basant and Nidhi think the tussle between Shiv Sena and BJP via Kangana Ranaut is quite strange while Snigdha can’t get over ‘Faux-Bama.’The discussion moves to Nidhi’s report on #JusticeforSSR groups online. “People on these groups want the worst for Rhea Chakraborty, they want her to be arrested, dead and hanged,” says Nidhi. But what drives them and why have they taken the actor’s death so personally? “The answers I got were surprising, yet very human,” says Nidhi. The panel also discuss the role of the TV news media and the brutal race for TRPs. The conversation then switches to an issue that has been conspicuously absent from TV news for a while: the novel coronavirus. Basant relates the details of his report on the dismal healthcare infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh. “Every day we watch new channels and newspapers reporting how the UP government is handling the coronavirus really well, but the reality on the ground is very different,” he says. From false test results to the lack of hospital beds and doctors refusing to treat non-Covid patients, Basant’s story paints a worrying picture of the pandemic in the fifth-worst affected state in India. All this and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this edition, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Prateek Goyal and Supriti David.The trio first look back at the most bizarre headlines they came across this week. Supriti chooses an awful new TikTok craze, in which certain users dressed up as and pretend to be Holocaust victims, while Snigdha briefs us on U.S. President Donald Trump’s contentious trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where incidents of police brutality and vigilantism occurred this week.Prateek tells us about a story closer to home, wherein Times Now anchor Rahul Shivshankar berated a panelist who tried talking about India’s GDP slump instead of the frenzied media ‘investigation’ into the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. This prompts a conversation about Rhea Chakraborty’s unending trial by media. As Supriti puts it, “The media, which is supposed to be the fourth pillar of democracy, has been adding fuel to fire.” Prateek spent a day observing reporters outside Chakraborty’s house, and describes what he saw in distressing detail.The media’s recent indifference to ethics extends far past Bollywood, Supriti explains. Her recent investigative piece details how in Assam, journalists are accused of driving a survivor of child rape to attempt suicide. Local reporters repeatedly evaded legal procedure and invaded the victim’s privacy.All this and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayan Sharma and Nidhi Suresh. The episode begins with the trio sharing bizarre news stories. While Snigdha talks about an AYUSH Ministry secretary asking attendees of an online training session to leave if they did not know Hindi, Ayan shares the story of a 92-year-old Vietnamese man who never cut his hair, and Nidhi talks about Supreme Court’s peculiar advice to Prashant Bhushan during his contempt case hearing. Nidhi, who wrote a report on the hearing, explains the proceedings in detail. Then the trio moves on to discuss another report of Nidhi’s on Facebook’s stance on hate speech and human rights, and why it has always been ‘hypocritical’. She adds “Facebook always accepts it is guilty of all the charges they have ever been accused of, they never deflect from that. But they don’t take action against it either.” The world’s largest social network is facing tough questions regarding its soft approach to the regulation of hateful content, especially after the Wall Street Journal report. “From Myanmar to the Philippines, the internet giant’s record speaks volumes about its commitment, or the lack of it, to tackle hate speech and violence,” says Nidhi. The trio also discusses Maria Ressa’s case. Ressa has consistently been critical of Facebook, holding the social media giant responsible for the spread of disinformation and hatred.Then the discussion moves on to Ayan’s ground report on railway porters and their plight. When he spoke to them about how the pandemic has affected them, all of them had one thing to say--that nobody cared about their plight. The Railways has not provided any support to these porters, some of whom have been working at railway stations since generations. Ayan also highlights how “uncertain and clueless the railway officials” were when questioned them in this regard. “The porters need an answer from the government or the officials because they don’t know what is going to happen,” says Ayan. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Akanksha Kumar and Basant Kumar.  The discussion begins with Akanksha’s report on the discourse over whether it was toxic TV news debates that resulted in the death of Congress spokesperson, Rajiv Tyagi. Discussing the manner in which debates are conducted on national television, Akanksha says, “Yes, TV debates are toxic, but linking them to Tyagi’s death has to stop.” She draws attention to how Tyagi made a space for himself as a TV commentator known for his theatrics and as the only person who could “take on BJP’s Sambit Patra.” Basant also points out how “Tyagi knew how TV debates are conducted, he knew what he was getting into.” The panel agrees that while it is about time we rethink the toxicity on display on news channels every night, it is unfair to blame the anchor Rohit Sardana or Sambit Patra for Tyagi’s untimely demise. The discussion then moves on to Basant’s report, a follow-up on the attack on Caravan journalists. A day after the attack, Basant attended a press conference by The Caravan team. The number of people who showed up speaks volumes on how much people actually care about journalists and press freedom in India, says Basant. Snigdha and Basant also bring up the statement issued by Editors Guild regarding the attack which they feel was “disappointing” to say the least. Basant also talks about his conversation with Arundhati Roy, who was present at the event, about the attack and the slow strangulation of dissent across the country. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayush Tiwari and Basant Kumar. They discuss Ayush and Basant’s report about what happened in Northeast Delhi on the night of Bhoomi Pujan for the Ayodhya temple. “Residents told us that people at night were raising obscene slogans like ‘Mullo bahar jao’, ‘Suaron bahar jao’, they called them pigs,” Ayush says, adding that Muslim residents were scared and nervous. “All this sloganeering had set off a panic attack in the area.”  A lot of saffron flags were planted in the locality,” Basant adds. “A couple of the flags were removed by the police in the morning. The police said they removed the flags to avoid tension.” The trio also discusses the SHO’s response to the situation in Northeast Delhi. On being questioned about the flags, the SHO responded “why is there a problem in putting up flags? They weren’t put up on their homes.” “How can a police officer dismiss the fear and concern of the citizens,” says Ayush. They also discuss how a Hindu mob attacked three Caravan reporters, again in Northeast Delhi. The journalists were out reporting on the harassment of the neighbourhood’s Muslim women. They were “harassed” and “manhandled” by the mob. Basant and Ayush recount their own experiences reporting in Northeast Delhi. “I definitely felt a little uneasy there,”Ayush says.  Basant points out that such attacks on journalists are not a new phenomenon. But what is surprising now is the response of the police.   This and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
For this week’s episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Supriti David, a new recruit at Newslaundry and Jahnavi Uppuleti, an independent journalist who writes on caste, politics, and culture.  The episode begins with the trio sharing bizarre news stories. While Jahnavi talks about a repulsive story involving a sadhu and his saliva, and Supriti shares the story of a drug-smuggling cat, Snigdha talks about how her bizarre news story is about how bizarre news itself has become in India.  Following this, Jahnavi gives listeners a brief introduction to her report on the Dappu, a musical instrument that holds immense socio-political significance amongst not just the Madigas, but the Dalit community at large. Talking about how the Dappu is perceived as an ‘untouchable’s instrument’ that continues to be associated with ‘shame’ by other communities, she says, “Many avoid playing or acknowledging it in public, to avoid unnecessary stares and complications with upper caste communities.”  The discussion then moves on to Assam floods and Supriti’s article on the difference between the coverage of the calamity by mainstream media and local media. “Local papers and news channels gave the tragedy a human face,” she says.  This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayush Tiwari and Basant KumarThey delve into the second report of the NL Sena series by Ayush and Basant on the deadly communal carnage that engulfed the national capital in February this year. The new report deals with the murder of Shahid Alam on February 24 during the riots. The crime branch arrested six Muslim men for the murder based on eye-witness statements by three migrant workers, all of whom told Newslaundry that their statements are fabricated.The conversation begins with details of the statements of the arrested suspects and eyewitnesses and moves on to discuss the glaring discrepancies in the chargesheet. Basant tells Snigdha how the chargesheet says Mukesh, the primary eyewitness, had identified Raees Khan, but the case diary has no mention of the name. In fact, even Mukesh says he doesn’t know any Raees Khan or the suspects who were brought in front of him at the police station for identification. Ayush goes on to shed light on how the Delhi police have not been very responsive to Ayush and Basant’s questions.This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Basant Kumar, Ayush Tiwari and Ayan Sharma of Newslaundry. They begin with a discussion on Ayush and Basant’s report on the Delhi police’s investigation into February's communal carnage. They explain how the police allegedly fabricated and distorted witness statements to shield the Hindu killers of a Muslim electrician and how they stacked up vague evidence against four men Muslim arrested for the murder.Ayan talks about his report on the arrest of a journalist in Assam who had reported on timber and cattle smuggling rackets in the state.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Revathi Pogadadanda, an independent journalist and former CEO of Mojo TV, and Newslaundry’s Anusuya Som.The episode begins with a discussion on the temporary but unexplained disappearance of Telangana Chief Minister, K Chandrasekhar Rao, that fuelled the #WhereisKCR trend on Twitter. The episode revolves around Revathi’s report on the state’s perplexing response to the pandemic and the diminishing press freedom there. She talks about her own arrest post her eye-opening reports on the multiple student suicides in Telangana. Revathi brings up instances of journalists being threatened for questioning KCR government. She also talks about KCR’s hostile relationship with non-Telangana Rashtra Samithi-owned media.  They also discuss the continuous protests by healthcare workers in Telangana, mainly at the Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad. The conversation ends with Anusuya’s recent report on the plight workers and businessmen at one of India’s most famous flea market, Sarojni Nagar.  Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayush Tiwari and Basant Kumar in a discussion dedicated entirely to the Delhi riots and the recent charge sheets filed by the Delhi Police.Ayush and Basant recently wrote a report titled: Delhi riots: Inside the ‘Kattar Hindu’ WhatsApp group that planned, executed murders. The duo speaks to Snigdha about their approach when it comes to reporting on an issue like this. They also discuss the background of the members of the group, and how hatred towards the minority community was a common denominator amongst them. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayan Sharma and Prateek Goyal.Prateek begins with a discussion about his four-part NL Sena series on the plight of Adivasis in Chhattisgarh. He describes the beautiful geography of Bastar and the many tribes that are indigenous to the area. In what can only be called a cruel irony, these inhabitants have been suffering the worst end of the never-ending struggle between security forces and Naxalites. Thousands of Adivasis have been arrested and thrown in jail, often without a trial, for years. Prateek talks about how little it takes for an Adivasi to be jailed. He also explains why the locals of Bastar are unhappy with security forces. The discussion then moves on to Ayan’s report on Delhi’s Covid catastrophe. Ayan explains the various factors that contributed to the situation getting out of hand in the capital, despite the lockdown. The trio also discusses the cooperation between the Centre and the Delhi government. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Basant Kumar and Ayush Tiwari.Basant tells the panel about his recent report on Patanjali’s claims of having found a cure for coronavirus. He illustrates the dubiousness behind the claim based on his conversation with the Chief Medical Officer of Meerut who clearly called it a “false claim.” The trio also discusses the coverage of the so-called cure on TV news channels. In fact, many TV news anchors almost acted as cheerleaders for Patanjali with their shows sponsored by the brand.The panel moves on to discuss Ayush’s report on OpIndia. They talk about why advertisers have been pulling out from the hate-fuelling website. Ayush even spills details of their funding and their undisclosed connection to the Bhartiya Janta Party. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Meghnad S and Basant Kumar.They discuss mental health in light of the actor’s Sushant Singh Rajput’s death by suicide and its coverage by the media. They talk about the condition of mental healthcare in India and the steps taken by the government to address this invisible pandemic. The discussion then moves on to the clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Ladhak’s Galwan Valley that left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead. Meghnad talks about his piece detailing how TV news channels calling for a boycott of Chinese products are taking Chinese ad money.This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
We want to keep you posted about one of the most ignored regions of the country. So, in this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Times of India correspondent Shradha Chettri, and East Mojo’s Sikkim correspondent, Pankaj Dhungel.The podcast begins with the trio talking about the number of Covid-19 cases in each region, the number of healthcare facilities available for infected patients, quarantine centres, etc. The conversation soon leads to a shocking revelation: the entire region of North Bengal including Darjeeling and Kalimpong, and the state of Sikkim had only one testing centre until the end of May when Sikkim got its own testing facility. They talk about the backlog in test results due to the immense pressure on the lone testing lab at the NBMCH which still caters to Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Cooch Behar districts, apart from Darjeeling and Kalimpong.They also discuss the government’s lack of transparency in these testing times, and the impact of the pandemic on the tea and tourism industry. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Basant Kumar and Ayush Tiwari.The podcast begins with Basant talking about his report on the Covid-19 outbreak at TV9 Bharatvarsh and the channel’s apathy towards its own employees. The discussion moves to press freedom in India. The context is Ayush’s report on how News 18 edited its report on low-quality N-95 masks at Delhi’s AIIMS beyond recognition. The AIIMS doctor quoted in it was also expelled from the Resident Doctors’ Association.The trio also discusses the Delhi Police’s chargesheet in the Delhi riots case. Basant and Ayush also share a quick recap of their detailed report on the carnage.This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayan Sharma and Hameeda Syed.Hameeda begins the podcast with a discussion on her extensive report on Narendra Modi’s redevelopment plans for Delhi’s Central Vista. She talks about various aspects of the project including its very need, cost, clearances, public consultation, and aesthetic. Ayan talks about his report on Prag News, an Assamese news channel that forced one of its pregnant employees to quit, saying they needed “agile people” at the workplace. The trio also discuss the layoffs at The Telegraph, and the glaring contrast in how the newspaper covered the COVID-19 response by the Centre and the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayush Tiwari and Basant Kumar.While Basant tells the panel about his report on Opindia communalising the death of a boy in Bihar’s Gopalganj, Ayush talks about his reports on the layoffs in the Times group. The trio also discuss journalists in Himachal Pradesh facing FIRs for reporting on government failures, and the News Broadcasters Association and the Indian Newspaper Society’s response to a PIL challenging layoffs by media companies. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Makepeace Sitlhou, an independent journalist based in Guwahati, Assam, and Ri Kynti Marwein, editor of Highland Post, a newspaper published in Shillong, Meghalaya.Ri Kynti begins with a hilarious story about the kind of comments made on the Meghalaya chief minister’s Facebook lives, leading to a conversation about the lack of official information available from the government. Makepeace shares a brief account of how Northeastern states are managing the pandemic, based on a report she wrote. She talks about how the relatively low rate of infection recorded in the region could be due to low testing. Ri Kynti talks about a recent report in her newspaper on how an entire village almost starved due to non-renewal of ration cards by the government. She also explains the function of a Dorbar Shnong, or the village headman, under the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council, one of the 25 autonomous regions in India; and their role in assisting the government to contain the pandemic. On being asked about cooperation between different tribal communities during the crisis, Makepeace is of the view that while there are many such instances, everything is not as hunky-dory as a section of the mainstream media tends to make it out to be. She sheds light on how authority is perceived differently by different communities across the Northeast. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Comments (31)

Rahul Kapoor

Whosoever that dude was citing TCS ex is a classic idiot. You cannot compare a private setup with govt functioning. PWD for ex requires physical presence of employee for the work to be done. Newslaundry k dhobiyon pls do your homework properly

May 30th
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Ishan Chawla

unable to find the podcast on google podcast has this been removed?

May 15th
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Pratap Nair

A podcast not to be missed every week. Newslaundry.com us really worth subscribing. Great work 👍

May 8th
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Rahul Kapoor

What a bunch of jokers you guys are. I dont ever watch republic, but the way you guys are defending action against Arnub, shows your bigotry. And pls reqesting host to not appear such dumb

May 2nd
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Rahul Kapoor

Basant grow up buddy, lot og pople dress for meetings like this

May 2nd
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Akash Gupta

please add recommendations in podcast show notes for later reference.

May 2nd
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Akash Gupta

we should tweet bomb them with the same question the journalist asked!!

May 2nd
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Akash Gupta

one of the best episode so far.

Apr 17th
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Rahul Kapoor

Innocent peacefuls attacked due to illiteracy... ohoo too sad newslaundry’s dhobis are very hard working

Apr 12th
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Rahul Kapoor

ironic, being a journo you are asking the audience to connect dots. Are you trying to imply things without conclusive proof?

Mar 29th
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Rahul Kapoor

lvl of their IQ can be gussed by when the host says o yaa he was found positive he didnt show any signs ooyaa just imagine

Mar 22nd
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Rahul Kapoor

hahaha.. a diff set of ppl saying Qouran mei corona toh likha hua hai.. apne logon ka bhi thoda pata kar liya karo yar Hamida ji.. ya allah brand ka sanitizer mullon ki brkthru khoj hai

Mar 22nd
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Rahul Kapoor

please share the evidence you have against delhi police and file a case in high court

Mar 19th
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Rahul Kapoor

i will recommend this poscast to all so that everyone should be aware of how paid journalism sounds like

Mar 19th
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Rahul Kapoor

can't help but think of the title.. 3 idiots

Mar 8th
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Rahul Kapoor

💩Reporters and 💩 reporting 🖕🏼

Mar 2nd
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Rahul Kapoor

Man feel like puking hearing their journalism such biases bc unsubscribed

Mar 2nd
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Rahul Kapoor

My god ypu assholes are actually trying to spinoff and deflect blame from tahir and want police action on people putting tilak. Fuccking loosers

Mar 2nd
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Akash Gupta

nicely reported but I senses a subtle biasness.

Dec 22nd
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Adharsh B

Tamil Nadu - how it comes under BJP rule. There were multiple meeting with BJP leaders but doubt any intervention of NDA into Tamil politics

Dec 16th
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