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 strongly condemns what a Deputy News Editor of our website posted on her personal Facebook page about the tragic and dastardly Pulwama terror attack. She has been suspended for 2 weeks, effective immediately, while the company’s Disciplinary Committee weighs further action.
— NDTV (@ndtv) February 15, 2019
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.
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.
जम्मू कश्मीर राज्य के पुलवामा में हुए आतंकी हमले में शहीद सैनिको पर अपमानजनक टिप्पणी करने वाले #AMU छात्र पर अभियोग पंजीकृत किये जाने के सम्बन्ध में @sspaligarh महोदय द्वारा दी गई #बाइट#UPPolice @uppolice @dgpup @adgzoneagra @digrangealigarh @ips06akash @Dm_Aligarh @aspaligarh pic.twitter.com/yyPBYppt4q
— ALIGARH POLICE (@aligarhpolice) February 15, 2019
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.