Thursday, May 10, 2007

Fwd: The case of forged documents

According to Swapan Dasgupta: A reputed newspaper with Communist
sympathies has, in defiance of all journalistic norms, even published
a forged document, purporting to be a CID report, implicating the
Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah.

Now here is what the "reputed newspaper with Communist sympathies" got
to say (in small print, of course):

The 24-page ``Facts of the Case'' was provided to our correspondent by
a privileged source within the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday...

It is now clear, as the Gujarat Government's response published here
points out, that the 24-page document is not the Geetha Johri report.
The Hindu retracts its front-paged assertion that the Johri report
speaks of ``collusion of the State government'' and of the role of Mr.
Amit Shah, Minister of State for Home; and also that it recommends a
CBI enquiry. We deeply regret these serious errors in a story that
drew on documents we relied upon in good faith. We agree that we
should have verified the facts, especially those relating to the
provenance of ``Facts of the Case,'' before publishing the news

So, folks. It is not the mistake of the reporter (Neena Vyas) or
Comrade-in-Chief. We are led to believe that Chindu was so easily
fooled by a "privileged source within BJP".

A "reputed newspaper" on a self-appointed mission of non-stop daily
pontification and fighting "evil communal forces" (a la Don Quixote),
so easily fooled by a source from the enemy camp!

BTW, does Chindu also have "privileged sources" within other parties
like CPM, so that we can get to hear "Facts of the Case" from

Posted by Anonymous to The Chindu at May 06, 2007 6:39 AM

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