#ShahControlsMedia started trending after news websites pull down Amit Shah’s assets reports

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News about Shah’s movable and immovable (including his wife) assets increased by about 300% from 2012 went viral. Reports suggests his assets (movable and immovable), which were worth Rs 8.54 crore in 2012 are now worth Rs 34.31 crore.

Amit shah claims that around Rs 10 crore is of his ancestral property. But it is undeniable that their has been a drastic increase in his assets. Meanwhile, Smriti Irani in her affidavit, declared movable and immovable assets, including her husband’s, in 2014 were worth Rs 4.91 crore and their values have increased to Rs 8.88 crore, an 80% increase from 2014 to 2017.

Smriti, in her 2014 affidavit for the Lok sabha election, had claimed that she had a “B.Com Part I from School of Correspondence, University of Delhi in 1994.” Following a series of legal cases, in her affidavit for the 2017 Rajya Sabha, she affirmed that her three year degree course has not been completed. Her educational qualification has been under question for a long period of time.

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Shockingly enough, these reports vanished away in a matter of minutes from all the major news websites such as Times Of India, Outlook, DNA, Business Insider and Economic Times. No explanation has been given and no editor is willing to take responsibility for having pulled the plug on the news item.

This isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Few months back on World Press Freedom Day, India was ranked 136 in the World Press Freedom Index. According to a report published by Reporters Sans Frontières (Reporters Without Borders), India fell three positions from the previous year’s ranking of 133 and is now placed in the “difficult situation” group along with Pakistan (139) and Afghanistan (120). Ironically enough, Times of India and Economic Times took down their articles about this topic. 

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TOI had published its report on April 27, 2017, with the headline: “Threat from Modi’s nationalism” leads to abysmal rank for India in “press freedoms” report. The headline reflects the findings of the RSF report which stated that “Hindu nationalists trying to purge all manifestations of ‘anti-national’ thought from the national debate, self-censorship is growing in the mainstream media”. This comes right under the subhead: “Threat from Modi’s nationalism”.

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This article is no longer available on TOI or DNA website. But some news outlets such as Newslaundry were quick enough to gather information just in time.

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Social Media outcry

After News websites pull down Amit Shah’s article, many people left dismayed regarding the freedom of press in India. #ShahControlsMedia was trending on Twitter in which many Twitterati alleges that Amit Shah forced the news media to pull out news.

https://twitter.com/hiambuj/status/891540023605985280

Source: TheWire , NewsLaundry

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