Defamatory news against Popular Front of India: Complaint filed against 13 News papers and Channels Before the Press Council of India

Monday, May 14th, 2012
Popular Front of India has filed complaint against 13 news papers and TV channels before the Press Council of India, Mr. K.M. Shareef, General Secretary of Popular Front said in a statement issued here today. Popular Front has approached the regulatory body against the following news papers and channels for publishing/telecasting defamatory news about the organisation. Earlier legal notices were sent to these periodicals and channels , but they failed to respond positively.

Dainik Jagran Hindi Daily, Hindustan Times English Daily, The Asian Age English Daily, IBN-7 Hindi News Channel, Deccan Chronicle English Daily, Times Now English TV Channel, Nav Bharat Times Hindi Daily, The Inquilab Urdu Daily, The New Indian Express English Daily, The Sunday Guardian English and The Pioneer English Daily have published / telecasted news that were baseless and damaging to Popular Front of India.

As a genuine approach, we directly met some of the newspaper officials in their office itself and wrote letters to them. We explained the factual side of the allegation leveled against us and requested the withdrawal of the news with an apology. But unfortunately these errant news papers and channels were not ready stop slinging mud on our organization. Instead, a few of them have continued to attack our organization. “We were compelled to approach Press Council of India because they have even ignored the legal notice that followed our requests for correction”, Mr. Shareef added. The complaints were filed before the Press Council of India, through Supreme Court advocates Mr. Bahar U Burqi and Maroof Ahmed.

Mr. K. M. Shareef also informed that in Tamil Nadu complaints were filed by Popular Front, Madurai District before the Commissioner of Police to register the case against The New Indian Express English daily, Malai Murasu, Tamil Murasu and Dinakaran Tamil Dailies for spreading false news targeting the Muslim community, in connection with the recent low-intensity cycle blast in Madurai.

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Yours Sincerely

Sharafuddhin M.K.

Public Relations Officer

Popular Front of India

Mob: +91 88001 80950

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