Foreign journalist’s revelation on Modi government causes new twitter trend #ModiMediaGate

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Annie Gowen, staff writer for the Washington Post caused a huge embarrassment for  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday with her tweet informing that private PR companies representing Indian government had approached them twice in ‘recent weeks.’

She tweeted;

Modi’s detractors have been quick to interpret it as the government’s attempt to ‘manipulate’ the foreign media. The centre’s BJP government has always been accused of dictating editorial decisions of Indian media through various means including luring them with financial benefits. This has led to severe loss of credibility for media in India.

Twitter users suspect that Gowen’s extraordinary revelation is a sign that the government is now using similar tactics against foreign media too.

Foreign media has been very critical of Modi’s style of functioning and his performance in recent months. Big international news brands such as Washington Post, New York Times and Guardian have carried several articles and editorials unfavourable to PM Modi.

Here are few recent headlines carried by Washington Post in in the last couple of months.

‘Indian Prime Minister Modi cried at Facebook. Here’s why.’ on 28 September

‘Modi makes a lot of overseas trips, but is he a diplomatic failure with India’s neighbors?’ on 23 September

‘Mark Zuckerberg made a big mistake when he got between India’s Modi and a TV camera’ on29 September

‘India’s Modi wants to woo Silicon Valley, but censorship and privacy fears grow at home’ on 23 September

As expected twitter has been buzzing with conversation on Gowen’s revelation with users dubbing this as Modi Media Gate. The hashtag #ModiMediaGate has been a top trend since Saturday morning.

 

Here’s a snapshot of twitter conversation;

 

 

3 COMMENTS

  1. One sided reading of some tweet. CONgress which has finished india and is intolerant of India having thrown the thieving Nehru-Gandhis out of power, cannot tolerate the peoples choice.

    If they every come back (God forbid), there will be a slaughter just like the Sikhs in 1984 by the CONgress: All people who voted for NDA and their families will be wiped out.

    Straight 40% reduction in India’s population by the lying, thieving, CONgress.

  2. Congress spokespersons have earlier said that they wish to see Jews wiped off in Israel & Hindus. Jains, Buddhists, Sikhs wiped off in India.

  3. Embedded foreign media stalwarts independence always questionable since all of them used to support CNN, ABC ” self made news” of naked untruths.

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