In journalism, there are debates from classes to newsrooms on the principle of journalistic fairness. It is also a fact that no one is completely neutral. But there is a word associated with it, that is, to tell what it is. Objectivity is the only thing that keeps personal favoritism from dominating journalism.
Some people find the principles of journalistic fairness and objectivity to be bogus. According to him, the power calls for fairness to write or speak in its favor. That is why critics vote on the opinion of journalists. One thing that is expected of all journalists to be unanimous, despite the different opinions on questions of fairness and objectivity, is the fact that facts are true.
On Monday afternoon, JNU student Umar Khalid was attacked outside the Constitution Club. Omar along with his colleagues (who were also eyewitnesses) described the entire development in detail in statements given to the media. Omar went to drink tea with two of his colleagues outside the costume club. There, a man in white shirt pushed Omar from behind and pointed the pistol towards him. Omar kept removing his hand. His colleagues tried to nab the attacking man. In this tussle, Umar immediately got up and ran inside the costume club and the attacker ran to the other side of the road. All this happened within a minute.
How Did He Escape?
Khalid Saifi, a partner of Omar, tried to chase the attacker, but according to Saifi and others present, the attacker fired air, after which he escaped by throwing a pistol. Umar Khalid also said this in a conversation with the media.
The news of the murderous attack on Omar Khalid was preferred in many newspapers. But despite being printed on the first page, Dainik Bhaskar and Dainik Jagran (Delhi edition) set an example of abusive reporting. Almost ignoring the facts, the statement of the victim or any eyewitness, Bhaskar made the news.
Dainik Bhaskar recreates the incident. Bhaskar wrote that the attacker pushed Omar and then fired. “He pushed Omar and opened fire. Khalid fell from the shock and the bullet passed by him.” Bhaskar further wrote, In the investigation, the police are denying that the shooting was going on.
At the same time, Dainik Jagran made the title of his news, “Young man fleeing Umar Khalid after Nokzhonk, fired in the air”. The essence of Jagran’s news was that Omar and the alleged attackers had been talking among themselves for a long time. It started to fizzle about anything between them. After this, the attacker ran away shooting. This was completely false news. According to Omar and his associates, the attacker did not have any conversation with him. This whole incident is only a few minutes. Apparently, Jagran was telling his news so that the attacker and Khalid knew each other.
Not only this, Dainik Jagran also told Omar the former leader of JNU Students Union. It was told in the news that Omar was supposed to give a speech in the freedom program from fear. Jagran even wrote that the attacker fired on Omar and he escaped. Then further wrote that the attacker fired in the air near the INS building.
By reading the news of Jagran, the reader will also be baffled as to where Omar was standing and where the bullet went.
Both the reports seem to have been written in their imagination, giving the facts a hue and cry. Perhaps it is also an issue of commitment of both newspapers. Both Dainik Bhaskar and Dainik Jagran are the most read newspapers in the Hindi belt. The news of these two newspapers related to Omar seems like a planned move to play with the facts.
Perhaps the source of Bhaskar’s news was his bureau chief Santosh Kumar. A video of Santosh was shared widely on social media, in which he shows how the two boys got banged up and showed a boy running away. In the video, he announced that Omar was not present on that occasion.
BJP was immediately picked up by many politicians and some journalists and various speculations started. For example, Omar was not attacked. He wants to be a hero, so this drama is being composed. And even Omar himself has created an attack game. However, later Santosh Kumar of Bhaskar made it clear on Twitter – “They don’t know whether the running boy was Omar or not.”
The events which Santosh told, the same events were also told by Omar.
On the other side is Jagran, whose reporter could not even check that Omar has never been the leader of JNU Students’ Union. He is an active member of Basso. Omar was not a speaker in the freedom program in awe. He reached there as a listener. Jagran and Bhaskar presenting the news in this way can be a part of personal bias or the editorial policy of the newspaper.
The newspapers of the Hindi belt have played a role in preparing public opinion against JNU, Omar, Shehla Rashid and Kanhaiya. These newspapers also did not consider it necessary to ask some very important questions in their prejudice. For example, just two hundred meters away from Parliament House, two days before Independence Day, how did such an incident happen in broad day, where the police missed, etc.