Journalism and News Media these days has given importance to TRP related news only, anything which can buy them TRP is the best issue, whether it’s truth or false.
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Months after director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was attacked on the sets of Padmavati in Jaipur by Karni Sena, the Padmavati film’s sets were vandalised and set on fire in Kolhapur on Tuesday night in a fresh case of vandalism. The film’s sets were attacked between 1 and 2 am on Wednesday and according to reports, animals were present on Padmavati sets at the time of the incident and a horse is said to be badly injured. None of the film’s cast or crew was there at Kolhapur’s Masai plateau on Tuesday night where the sets have been erected.
Around 50-60 people entered the sets on the night of 14th March 2017, vandalised the property and set it on fire, reported the Indian Express.
Though the perpetrators has not been identified yet but there’s no reason to guess who might be behind this.
But this news was buried right after a none verified news about 46 muslin clerics issued a so called Fatwa against amazing and talented youth singer Nahid Afreen. The media did not wait and carried to verify if the news is authentic.
The Fatwa template which was never against Nahid Afreen
Nahid Afreen is an over-achiever by all standards. At 16, she has been a playback singer in a mainstream Bollywood film, finished second in the country’s most high-profile musical reality show and has won so many awards in singing competitions across the country that she doesn’t even bother to count them.
Not that it is very consequential, but she also got promoted to Class 10 this year.
So, when news broke that a fatwa had been issued against her by some 46 Muslim clerics, warning her to stop singing as it was “against the Sharia”, there was, understandably, an outrage. Enough outrage for even national news channels to take notice and Assam’s chief minister to tweet condemning the “fatwa” and assuring the young woman of his government’s commitment to protect her freedom of speech and safety.
Talking to Assam Times over telephone from Hojai, Muslim leaders said that no where in the leaflet they have asked Nahid to refrain from any performance.
According to them, one after another cultural functions have been disrupting quietness in the area. Therefore, these local organizations have been vehemently opposing another function at Udali.
“We are disappointed with the organizers and not Nahid. But a situation has been created to allege that we are opposing the performance of Nahid who is not our subject,” said a local Muslim leader over telephone.
They further alleged that section of news channels have been spreading the rumour of the dates against to put the people in a state of utter confusion.
According to a post at Assam Posy claim there were no fatwa against Nahid.
How it got wild fire?
Tasleema Nasreen who claims to fight against ‘Islamist Oppression’ against women missed no chance to fuel it without caring to verify the news authentication.
After getting fatwa from 46 mullahs in Assam,16 yrs old Nahid Afrin said she’ll never bow down and will never leave singing. Bravo girl!
— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) March 15, 2017
With her tweet spreading like wild fire, media saw an opportunity to sell the news, which someone already manufactured.
A fatwa is a non-binding but authoritative legal opinion or learned interpretation that a qualified jurist or mufti, can give on questions pertaining to Islamic law. The secretary of the Assam State Jamiat Ulama, Maulvi Fazlul Karim Qasimi, stressed that no fatwa has been issued in this case and blamed the media for spreading misinformation. “Is this how a fatwa is issued? On a piece of paper?”
Such types of manufacturing news might create negative impacts on 16 years old Nahid, who has a long run ahead, but media for their vested interests does not mind.