The newspaper continues to receive abusive phone calls from many parts of Kerala and from the Gulf region.

Online protests continue for the third day against Mathrubhumi over comment on Prophet
news Friday, March 11, 2016 - 14:23

Dissent against the Malayalam media major Mathrubhumi has continued for the third straight day even after the media house came out with an unconditional apology.

The protests were a reaction to an ‘offensive’ comment about Prophet Muhammad that was posted on social media and reproduced in the Calicut and Thrissur edition of the daily.

Many groups like the PFI, SDPI and others had gathered outside the newspaper’s offices in various locations, raising slogans since Wednesday. Numerous pictures were uploaded on social media showing people burning the newspaper.

A senior journalist working for the daily told The News Minute although physical protests were only limited to the first day, online campaigns continue to hurt the media outlet.

The newspaper continues to receive abusive phone calls from many parts of Kerala and from the Gulf region. 

On condition of anonymity, the journalist added that to reproduce remarks made on Facebook by some anonymous person or from some fake account is purely ''reprehensible'' while accepting it that the newspaper was at fault.

Within a span of three hours, the Facebook page of the site lost around 10, 000 likes. There seems to be a massive campaign to mass unfollow the social media pages of the newspapers and TV channel.

On Wednesday evening, Mathrubhumi had issued apology for reproducing an ‘offensive’ comment about Prophet Muhammad that was posted on social media.

The comment was a response to a story on Kerala High Court judge Kemal Pasha’s observations on polygamy among Muslims and Muslim personal law.

The Calicut edition of Mathrubhumi on Wednesday carried responses to Kemal Pasha’s views in the AppsTalk section of the newspaper.

One of the posts criticized Prophet, without naming him, for “marrying six-year-old Aisha”.

 

 

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