Watch Video: Mumbai Congress protests against Zee News for spreading fake news against Rahul Gandhi

The protest was also seen outside the news channel's office in Noida

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Saturday, July 02, 2022, 06:59 PM IST
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Under the leadership of its president Bhai Jagtap, Mumbai Congress on Saturday protested outside the office of Zee News for spreading fake news against former party chief Rahul Gandhi.

The protest was also seen outside the news channel's office in Noida.

Here's what happened:

Zee News' primetime show DNA aired a video of Rahul Gandhi talking about the vandalisation of his office in Kerala's Wayanad and passed it off as his remarks on the Udaipur beheading.

The video went viral and was even shared by several BJP leaders including former Union minister Rajyavardhan Rathore. The Congress, meanwhile, threatened to take legal action against them if the saffron party fails to apologise.

In a letter to BJP chief JP Nadda, Congress general secretary in-charge communication Jairam Ramesh said he was appalled to note that several BJP leaders have been deliberately and enthusiastically sharing "mischievous" reportage that occurred on a news channel on Friday.

"The original video was Shri. Rahul Gandhi's comment on the SFI violence on his Wayanad office but it was deliberately and mischievously doctored to appear as if it was a comment on the heinous murder of Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur," Ramesh said.

It was immediately brought to the attention of all concerned that the reportage was false and deliberately misleading, he said.

"What is of even greater concern, is that several of your party colleagues, including Rajyavardhan Rathore, MP, Subrat Pathak MP, Kamlesh Saini, MLA and others, have enthusiastically and without verification published and shared the deliberately fabricated and distorted reportage," Ramesh said in his letter.

"Despite being cautioned by my party colleagues that the clip was maliciously false and misleading, Rathore persisted with amplifying the same, first deleting and then re-uploading the same," he said.

This leaves no doubt that Rathore's actions were deliberate and part of your party's strategy to defame the former Congress president, the party and to further polarise an already sensitive, communal situation, Ramesh alleged.

''The fact that some of your colleagues may have deleted the false reportage later after uploading and sharing is no excuse whatsoever because the damage has already been inflicted,'' he said.

"We have already initiated appropriate legal action against the original broadcaster. We expect that you and your party colleagues will cease and desist from spreading such falsehoods," Ramesh said in his communication to Nadda.

"Furthermore, I expect that you will immediately issue an appropriate apology on behalf of your colleagues who have acted with such reckless disregard towards the truth.

"If this apology is not issued today, we will take appropriate legal action against your party and its leaders who insist and persist in using social media in such a blatantly irresponsible and criminal manner," Ramesh warned.

Meanwhile, Zee News has issued an apology.

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