Barkha Dutt’s admission comes after Sreenivasan Jain said a story on BJP Chief Amit Shah’s son was taken down by NDTV.

Axing of stories at NDTV not new says Barkha no media house perfect retorts Sreenivasan JainFacebook
Social Media Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 18:09

The "axing" of stories at NDTV is not a new trend and certainly cannot be called an "aberration", said senior journalist Barkha Dutt.

Her admission comes after NDTV’s Managing Editor Sreenivasan Jain on Tuesday openly expressed his disappointment after a story, reported by Manas Pratap Singh and him, on the financial dealings of BJP chief Amit Shah’s son, was taken down.

 

A week ago, a report by Manas Pratap Singh and me on loans given to Jay Shah's companies was taken down from NDTV's...

Posted by Sreenivasan Jain on Tuesday, 17 October 2017

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Barkha, who quit as Consulting Editor of NDTV earlier this year, wrote, "I am not getting into the specifics of the story here and whether the story was right or wrong but I did point out when I first heard the controversy that the axing of stories at NDTV is hardly new and those seeking the higher moral ground today remained absolutely silent when some of us fought with the owners and management over these issues."

Without taking Sreenivasan's name, she said, "So when a former colleague calls this an 'aberration' surely that is a knowing falsehood."

She also listed instances when the channel either took down the stories she reported or when she was "given hell" for pursuing a story.

"The said former colleague and some others who have lately tried to claim the mantle of free speech crusaders- are all aware of the many different times stories were taken down or simply disallowed at NDTV. All of these people were totally silent then or rationalized the management decisions. An interview Nitin Gokhale did with the outgoing Navy Chief was taken down. There were other guests we were instructed not to call on the channel but the management did not want to put this in writing lest the mail leak. I was disallowed from pursuing a story on what was called the Jayanti Tax controversy. I was given hell for a story I did on Robert Vadra...," she said.

 

For the last few days I have observed with cynical amusement a public debate around NDTV taking down a story related to...

Posted by Barkha Dutt on Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Nitin Gokhale too shared an archived link to his interview with the former navy chief. 

Sreenivasan retorted saying many were using this one incident to "pile on to NDTV".

Sonia Singh, Editorial Director, NDTV, said that while some of what was being said about NDTV is true, some are "complete spin" "leading to complete distortion of what facts".

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