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The News Minute | July 13, 2014 | 01:46 pm IST It all started with DNA taking down an article on BJP President Amit Shah written by senior journalist Rana Ayyub. The article titled 'A New Low in Indian Politics" suddenly disappeared from DNA's website.   This act of media censorship created a ruckus on various social media platforms, including Twitter, with people questioning DNA’s act as one going against basic journalistic standards.  @dna has pulled down my piece on Amit Shah " A new low in Indian politics". Appalled, disillusioned at the state of journalism ! — Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) July 11, 2014 However, this was not an isolated issue. On April 30, DNA had taken down an article titled “Mamata Banerjee calls Narendra Modi ‘butcher of Gujarat’; here are 9 myth busters on 2002 post-Godhra riots” written by Shehzad Poonawalla. News Laundry has been following some of DNA’s ‘vanishing acts’ and has created a timeline of the disappearance of Ayyub’s piece from DNA's site. Read DNA DOES IT AGAIN  Several senior journalists criticised DNA's move and voiced their support for her. Press freedom in jeopardy across globe,acutely so in India:media is all about credibility,once lost, gone forever. Freedom=credibility=value â€” Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) July 11, 2014 how dna http://t.co/I3swbfWnjQ blanked out some plain talk by @RanaAyyub on Amit Shah as BJP president http://t.co/8AY9j5aQmk — Hartosh Singh Bal (@HartoshSinghBal) July 12, 2014 Terrible to see that @RanaAyyub views were censored by the newspaper she wrote for. You may intensely disagree with her; its still her right — barkha dutt (@BDUTT) July 11, 2014 Though Barkha Dutt tweeted against censorship, strangely her channel NDTV soon joined the bandwagon after it took down Sunetra Choudhury's story on the National Herald case on how the Herald building has been rented to TCS and a passport centre which generates rents of 60 lakh and 27 lakh each. NDTV says it restored the story.  NDTV restored the story after some time citing that they wanted to do some 'fact-checking' on it. The restored version seems to be the same as the original. The question many ask however is why would NDTV want to check facts once the story was already out? It was only expected that many would attack NDTV's act.  .@ndtv says needed to yank "scoop" by @sunetrac to"fact check"CL on story abt CL.U decide what u make of thr explntn https://t.co/YxHE3ZQVL4 — rupa subramanya (@rupasubramanya) July 13, 2014 Story by @NDTV @sunetrac absolutely unchanged.Original: https://t.co/pC2Nm7zc5c New: http://t.co/MRmilysTf8 What did "fact checking"uncover? — rupa subramanya (@rupasubramanya) July 13, 2014 If you're removing a story you've published without any explanation, that reeks of self-censorship. If you have a reason, tell your readers. — Pranesh Prakash (@pranesh_prakash) July 13, 2014 The top editors of ndtv stood their ground and maintained that the story was pulled back just for correction.  ? @rahulroushan @rupasubramanya Its on air, Rahul. Editorial processes part of journalism, guess many on Twitter dont get that :-) — sonia singh (@soniandtv) July 13, 2014 @Raziel_646 as CEO I don't interfere in editorial matters! Checked with editors - they said story still being worked on. Will be back soon. — Vikram Chandra (@vikramchandra) July 12, 2014
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