Arnab Goswami’s channel apologises, but CNN-NEWS18 issues extraordinary justification amidst allegations of insulting Islam’s holiest mosques


Arnab Goswami’s channel Republic may have come under attack on several occasions for its editorial decisions, but the channel acted with dignity on Saturday when it quickly apologised for wrongly calling a noted Muslim scholar a terrorist. In contrast, Mukesh Ambani’s CNN-NEWS18 has chosen to issue an extraordinary clarification in response to allegations of blasphemy by Muslim groups.


CNN-NEWS18 had broadcast a programme on 1 March, claiming to unearth the properties belonging to Jaish chief Masood Azhar. During the programme, the channel flashed images of what it said were Jaish’s terror factory. However, images being branded as ‘terror factory’ also included three of Islam’s holiest mosques, namely Mecca, Madina and Al-Aqsa. This has angered several Muslim groups with the All India Muslim Personal Law Board terming the broadcast ‘mischief.’

Posting its letter on Twitter, the AIMPLB had said, “We strongly condemn @republic channel for falsely accusing Ml Jalaluddin Umri, the vice president of @AIMPLB_Official, of being a terrorist. We also condemn @CNNnews18. It has committed blasphemy against Madjids in Mecca, Madina and Quds. Both channels must apologize.”

The news also evoked angry reactions with many accusing the channel owned by Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Group of deliberately insulting Islam to provoke Muslims just before the elections.

The statement by CNN-News18 defended its decision to broadcast the three most revered mosques for Muslims under the ‘JeM terror factory’ headline. It said that any criticism should be directed at the JeM since the channel had sourced the images from the terror outfit’s propaganda video.

It said, “The footage used in our broadcast is clearly watermarked with a JeM logo and was clearly referred to as a propaganda video. The use of the video has drawn ire from certain quarters. But given the context it was used, any religious offence and outrage should be directed at the JeM.”

Contrary to the claims made by CNN-News18, the images of the Holy mosques of Mecca, Madina and Al-Aqsa were clearly watermarked with ‘CNN-News18 EXCLUSIVE’ followed by JeM terror factory in Bahawalpur. At no point did the channel clearly state that the images of the Holy mosques were part of the JeM ‘propaganda video’, as now claimed by the TV channel.




  1. Let us leave in harmony and peace .. Dont try to polarise .. Shame on media for using tactics . I have faith in all religion and their holy places and feel hurted when you mislead or wrongly interpret sensible things ..

  2. You are expecting Modi to act against his chela channels?He can shut NDTV for 1 full day without a valid reason,but not slobber channels.


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