Omar Abdullah slams journalist for betraying his trust


Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday took to social media to share how a journalist had broken his trust by making his private conversation public.

Omar Abdullah
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In a series of tweets, Abdullah wrote, “Had an exchange with a journalist which was expressly off the record. The exchange took place over Twitter direct messages. 36 hours later the conversation was sent back to me as a screenshot of our chat. So much for respecting journalistic practices.”

Abdullah, who’s also the leader of the National Conference, said that when he confronted the journalist in question, he blamed Twitter for making the private conversation public. He wrote, “When I confronted the person with the screenshot the reply I got was “twitter must have done this & circulated it”. Yup, I’m an idiot & will certainly believe Twitter released a screenshot of the conversation.”

The former chief minister said that his conversation with the journalist was harmless but the breach of trust meant that he will not allow any access to the journalist in the future. “The conversation was a pretty innocuous one but that’s not the point. If you can’t respect a confidence don’t expect any contact or access what so ever. Now go explain that to the organisation you work for. (sic).”

Jammu and Kashmir has dominated the news agenda for several days after several reports said that the central government was planning a massive crackdown in the valley. Abdullah had earlier tweeted that Gulmarg was being emptied. He had written, “Friends staying in hotels in Gulmarg are being forced to leave. State road transport Corpn buses are being deployed to bus people out from Pahalgam & Gulmarg. If there is a threat to the yatra why is Gulmarg being emptied?”

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Friday evening told a delegation of state politicians to ‘maintain calm and not believe rumours.’ The speculations gained momentum after a government advisory asked Amarnath Yatra pilgrims and tourists to cut short their stay and leave in view of potential terror threats.


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