India’s self styled national newspaper ‘The Hindu’ reported a news that was all fire and brimstone at the recent Supreme Court Judgement rejecting CBI’s appeal for death sentence at him.
The news was written by a ‘Special Correspondent’. It said “Expunge remarks against Graham Staines” referred to “Editors”, “civil society” Court remarks as “gratuitous” and “unconstitutional”. In India by the way self certified ‘civil society’ and ‘editors’ are perceived by educated people as swear words considering the long history of media deceit that includes the recent Radia tapes release.
News was remarkable as it was an open defiance, contempt of highest judicial authority in the country, Supreme Court of India.
What is intriguing was that later in the day, the paper backed off. It retracted news. The retraction withdrew the ‘media backing’ to the self styled ‘civil soceity’. It was signed by editor-in-chief and cited inexplicable mistake by the special correspondent.
Citizens would like to know the truth on who was the special correspondent? The article even had the photo of smiling graham staines family by way of ‘special arrangement’. We would like to believe that the original piece was not a trial baloon to gauge reaction. The newspaper should come clean on who the special correspondent was as the editor-in-chief himself admitted that the act by special correspondent was a serious blunder.
Citizens have a right to know if the serious blunder was motivated by sickular idealogical corruption rampant in ‘The Hindu’ newspaper.
Addendum: Images of the original news item and retraction.