MJ Akbar’s inclusion in Editors’ Guild of India evokes angry reactions

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The Editor’s Guild of India on Friday released an updated list of its office-bearers that also included the name of former Union Minister MJ Akbar. The inclusion of Akbar, who is facing charges of serious sexual misconduct by nearly two dozen female journalists, has sparked a fresh row.

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Tagging journalists Shekhar Gupta and Sheela Bhatt, NDTV’s Nidhi Razdan asked, “Why is MJ Akbar still a member of the Editors Guild?” Both Gupta and Bhatt are office-bearers of the Editors’ Guild of India. Mohit Rao of The Hindu wrote, “MJ Akbar, Tarun Tejpal and Gautham Adhikari still members.”

The angry reactions also came from other social media users, who also expressed their outrage on the inclusion of Tarun Tejpal and Gautam Adhikari in the list of members. Both are facing allegations of sexual harassment.

Akbar had to resign as India’s junior foreign minister recently after many journalists came forward to share their own MeToo stories alleging that they were sexually assaulted by Akbar during his time as the editor of The Asian Age and The Telegraph. Prominent among them was journalist Priya Ramani, who Akbar has sued in a Delhi court for defamation.

A US-based former colleague of Akbar had recently accused him of rape. But Akbar and his wife Mallika Akbar had termed the relationship between him and the female journalist consensual.

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