Twitter-ised journalism: When a Odia daily painted Rajdeep Sardesai as a terror suspect

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Quick. Here is today's News Wiz Quiz question: Is Rajdeep Sardesai one of India's best-reckoned TV journalists and anchors or is he a terror suspect?

A local Odia newspaper, Sambad, on Friday splashed on its front page a sketch of Sardesai as a terror suspect. The sketch was part of the newspaper's story on the terror suspect school children were reported to have spotted in Mumbai on Thursday, which had sent Mumbai security forces into a tizzy for two days, but with no success in catching the suspect.

Rajdeep Sardesai

The newspaper did apologise after a fuming Sardesai tweeted "@sambad_odisha is this journalism? U should be ashamed to put up photo shopped pics as news".

Sardesai accepted the apology but demanded that the newspaper publish the apology on the front page of the newspaper with the same prominence that they published the erroneous story with.

Rajdeep Sardesai Odia Newspaper

Sardesai has tweeted that he suspects the sketch is the mischief of some right-wing troll from among the so-called 'bhakts', a fringe tribe of fanatic Narendra Modi followers and right-wingers who revel in posting the most indecent messages about anybody who does not agree with their views.

Yet, it's a mystery how it made to the front page of a newspaper where it must have been reviewed at multiple levels of editors before being published. Was it motivated calumny against Sardesai?

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