How media spread propaganda to link Gauri Lankesh murder with ‘right wing’ outfit

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the murder of Gauri Lankesh has finally released sketches of the suspects involved in the murder.

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Now this is in itself a little surprising, considering that eminent liberals appeared to have solved the murder case within minutes of the news breaking on Twitter.

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But here is the most telling statement from B K Singh, the head of the SIT.

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This would mean NO link has been found so far to the murder of Narendra Dabholkar? No confirmation on whether weapons used to murder Gauri Lankesh were same as that in the Kalburgi murder?

Now let us read some screaming headlines in some allegedly “reputable” newspapers that have appeared over the last few days.

We’ll start with the Indian Express and its alleged journalism of ‘courage’.

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The “source” based news raises it’s ugly head yet again. How clever.

The source based report made it all over the left wing ecosystem. The good folks at The Wire, renowned for their active imagination, couldn’t let it pass, could they?

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Anyway, why blame a marginal propaganda site like The Wire when Times of India itself picked up the “story”?

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Only a few days ago, even more headlines appeared, loaded with unsubstantiated “news”. Here is Firstpost:

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In the Gauri Lankesh case, the torrent of unsubstantiated “news” invariably appears to find it’s way back to The Indian Express. Firstpost has quoted this Indian Express report, which indeed remarkably gives out the full names of the “Five key suspects” in the murder!

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It is almost unimaginable that here is an allegedly reputable newspaper naming five people as “key suspects” out of thin air.

Even hours before the SIT released sketches of the suspects, The Indian Express published another report, which said thus:

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This time The Indian Express did not even feel the need to put the onus on unnamed “sources”. They just reported it as an accepted fact that the investigation found the gun used to murder Gauri Lankesh to be the same as the one used to kill Kalburgi!

Obviously, things didn’t quite go the way The Indian Express wanted once the SIT actually spoke up. Here is the fourth paragraph of The Indian Express report on what happened at the SIT’s press conference.

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Obviously, this part didn’t make it to the Indian Express’ headline. In the online version, it appears below three full paragraphs and then an embedded video. It is almost like the editors at The Indian Express didn’t want people to read it and hence it was carefully tucked away in the later part of the article.

One would think, wouldn’t they?

Abhishek Banerjee is a math lover who may or not be an Assistant Professor at IISc Bangalore.

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