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Shekhar Gupta’s The Print pulls down article attacking journalist after being called out, then pulls down apology tweet, apologises again: Here is what happened

Author: OpIndia Staff
Publication: Opindia.com
Date: October 2, 2020
URL:      https://www.opindia.com/2020/10/the-print-shekhar-gupta-pull-down-article-attacking-swati-goel-sharma-over-hathras-case/

The Print has a habit of peddling falsehoods in their articles, though one would expect a basic level of fact-checking by a portal that is run by the chief of the Editors Guild of India. However, that should come as no surprise since only in May, The Print had published an article that urged opposition parties to spread fake news to defeat PM Modi.

The Print, run by the Editors Guild chief Shekhar Gupta has often been caught spreading fake news and motivated, malicious propaganda. After they got caught in yet another lie by Swarajya Magazine journalist Swati Goel Sharma, The Print decided to pull down its article quietly, then, it decided to issue an apology, then, it deleted the apology and tweeted an apology again.

In a strange attack, on the 1st of October, Shekhar Gupta run The Print published an opinion piece in which, it berated Swati Goel Sharma for overlooking the caste angle in the Hathras murder case. They further attacked her for “running a campaign” about Love Jihad on Twitter where she saw “Jihad” in “love”.

A lot of debate and political mudslinging has been happening around the Hathras case since the victim succumbed to her injuries in Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital on Tuesday morning. She was allegedly raped two weeks ago. The case attracted nationwide outrage when some reports claimed Hathras Police forcefully cremated the girl on Tuesday night without consent of the family members. The police had later stated that the victim’s father was present during the cremation.

Speaking to ANI, ADG Prashant Kumar had informed that the forensic reports that were awaited have also been received. ADG stated that the FSL report found no evidence of ‘rape’. He asserted that it was concluded that there was no sexual assault, and the cause of death was strangulation and injury to the spine.

The Print article was headlined, “You can’t talk of Hathras rape without listing other rapes – thanks to IT cell whataboutery”.
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The Print

You can’t talk of Hathras rape without listing other rapes — thanks to IT cell whataboutery

For BJP IT cell, every outrage over rape now involves running revenge hashtags on Twitter.

TARUN KRISHNA, 1 October, 2020
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It went on to attack Sharma saying that while she could see “Jihad” in “love”, she could not see the “caste angle” after “4 upper caste men raped a Dalit woman”.

Here is what The Print wrote, based on the screenshots shared by the journalist on Twitter.
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Swati Goel Sharma is associated with the Right-wing portal Swarajya. She runs a Twitter campaign in the name of so-called ‘love jihad’. People like Sharma see ‘jihad’ in love but they can’t see caste supremacy when four Thakur men rape a Dalit woman.

She also stands with UP CM Adityanath on the issue of crime against women.
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Swati Goel Sharma @swati_gs
Is UP seeing a surge in crimes against women? We don't know. No such data. Increase in FIRs, if there, does not really explain it.
When I ask villagers, they say cases have risen, but so have arrests and convictions. They say most accused used to go scot-free under previous govt.

Swati Goel Sharma @swati_gs
Rape and death, now in Balrampur. Victim is reportedly dalit. Accused are Shahid & his nephew Saahil.
Will watch how many outrage and come on streets on this one, and if govt sets up SIT, give Rs 25 lakh and house to this family.
Beti beti mein far kyun?
https://jagran.com/uttar-pradesh/lucknow-city-girl-dies-after-physically-assaulted-by-two-in-balrampur-20815745.html
11:50 PM · Sep 30, 2020
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What The Print wrote about journalist Swati Goel Sharma
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In the response to one of the tweets by the Congress on the Hathras case, Sharma gave links of seven rape cases in Congress-ruled states. Again, the anger or outrage is not over rape. Sharma wouldn’t mention these seven cases if there was no tweet from the Congress to respond to.
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Swati Goel Sharma @swati_gs
Some reports of rape from Rajasthan in a day:

1. https://bhaskar.com/local/rajasthan/news/baran-two-minor-sisters-gang-rape-case-rajasthan-latest-news-update-127767216.html
2. https://jagran.com/rajasthan/jaipur-arrested-in-misbehaviour-with-foreign-girls-20815299.html
3. https://navbharattimes.indiatimes.com/state/rajasthan/jaipur/first-woman-gets-emotional-name-of-help-then-gang-rape/articleshow/78382398.cms
4. https://navbharattimes.indiatimes.com/state/rajasthan/ajmer/young-man-raped-a-dalit-married-woman-in-ajmer/articleshow/78403968.cms
5. https://zeenews.india.com/hindi/india/rajasthan/baba-exploits-body-for-15-years-in-the-name-of-upper-air-treatment-plots-victims-victim/757258
6। https://patrika.com/sikar-news/woman-raped-by-man-6430969/
7। https://bhaskar.com/local/rajasthan/jaipur/sawai-madhopur/news/the-peon-of-the-collector-office-also-committed-excess-arrested-127764751.html

And so on....

Congress @INCIndia
CM Yogi has utterly failed our daughters, failed humanity.
Our daughters in UP are having to live through a nightmare every minute.

They deserve safety, they deserve justice. #YogiResignNOW
1:50 AM · Oct 1, 2020
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What The Print wrote about journalist Swati Goel Sharma
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Swati Goel Sharma took to Twitter to call out the lies against her. She said, “Do your ill-informed writers have a habit of accusing people of denying caste and even being anti-dalit without checking their work? You did the same to Vashi Sharma of IIT-Kanpur and apologised for it when confronted. Your ill-read writer must provide proof of where I denied caste angle in Hathras or apologise, @ShekharGupta. Unless you approve of such hit-jobs yourself. I am not even going to other points yet”.
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Swati Goel Sharma @swati_gs
Oct 1, 2020
Replying to @swati_gs
Do your ill-informed writers have a habit of accusing people of denying caste and even being anti-dalit without checking their work? You did the same to Vashi Sharma of IIT-Kanpur and apologised for it when confronted, @ShekharGupta.

Swati Goel Sharma @swati_gs
Your ill-read writer must provide proof of where I denied caste angle in Hathras or apologise, @ShekharGupta. Unless you approve of such hit-jobs yourself. I am not even going to other points yet.
10:09 PM · Oct 1, 2020
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Interestingly, The Print failed to do its basic fact-check before publishing this article, which seems to be a recurring theme by the portal. Swati Goel Sharma is a ground reporter who has done several cases about the rights of Dalits and the crimes against them. She even runs an NGO alongside Dalit activist Sanjeev Newar or Agniveer.

After Swati Goel Sharma called out the lies, The Print quietly pulled down their article. The screenshot of the article being pulled down was tweeted by Sharma.
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Swati Goel Sharma @swati_gs
Oct 1, 2020
Replying to @swati_gs
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Swati Goel Sharma @swati_gs
I am glad, @ShekharGupta, that the piece has been pulled down. Only hope that the writers will do a better job at fact-checking the next time.
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12:15 AM · Oct 2, 2020
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Realising that the cat was out of the bag, The Print took to Twitter, quoting Swati Goel Sharma and apologising for their mistake.

However, just like their article, they pulled down this tweet as well.

https://i0.wp.com/www.opindia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/EjRAv9qU4AAoQui-2.jpeg?resize=571%2C1024&ssl=1

After about 10 minutes or so, The Print posted the apology again, however, this time, they ensured they did not quote the thread by Swati Goel Sharma. They perhaps realised that in doing so, they were bringing attention to their own shenanigans which might make it difficult to claim moral victory later for showing the “courage” to pull down the article ridden with lies.
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ThePrintIndia @ThePrintIndia
Thanks for your feedback @swati_gs. We have re-checked and find that the opinion piece with references to you indeed contained errors. It shouldn’t have got past our editorial filters. We have unpublished it, and apologise to you for it.
12:36 AM · Oct 2, 2020
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The Print has a habit of peddling falsehoods in their articles, though one would expect a basic level of fact-checking by a portal that is run by the chief of the Editors Guild of India. However, that should come as no surprise since only in May, The Print had published an article that urged opposition parties to spread fake news to defeat PM Modi.

 

 
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