NDTV suspends Deputy News Editor for celebrating Pulwama terror attack, may take further action

Deputy News Editor of NDTV Nidhi Sethi had posted a comment on Facebook which seemed to glorify the terror attack by Jaish-e-Muhammad.

Controversial media house NDTV has suspended one of its Deputy News Editor for a comment she had posted on her Facebook page about the horrific Pulwama attack on a CRPF convoy yesterday.

NDTV announced on its official Twitter handle that the news organisation strongly condemns the comments made by the Editor. She has been suspended for 2 weeks, while the company’s Disciplinary Committee will be weighing further against the deputy editor.

Nidhi Sethi, Deputy News Editor of NDTV, had posted a comment on Facebook which seemed to glorify the terror attack by Jaish-e-Muhammad. She had written, “where a grisly 44 has been proven to be greater than the mythical 56”. With this, she had added a hashtag #HowstheJaish, a take on the famous dialogue ‘How’s the Josh’ from the recent movie Uri: The Surgical Strike.

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Screenshot of Nidhi Sethi’s Facebook post

Nidhi Sethi was clearly celebrating the tragic terror attack on Indian security forces in her Facebook post, for which she was severely criticised. The screenshot of the comment immediately went viral on Twitter, and many people started asking NDTV whether it agrees with the views of its employee.

At the time of writing this report, the Facebook page of the journalist could not be accessed, which means she has deactivated her account on the social media site. NDTV says further action will be considered by the Disciplinary Committee against the journalist, it will be interesting to see what actions they take.

Nidhi Sethi was not the only Indian celebrating the terrorist attack yesterday, several other such comments have surfaced on social media from various persons. A student from Aligarh Muslim University had posted the following Tweet, celebrating the terror attack.

Screenshot of AMU student Basim Hilal’s Tweet

Basim Hilal, the student, has been suspended by the university, while the Aligarh police have registered a case against him. His Twitter account has also been withheld in India.


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