Following Defamation Suit By Fatima Nafees, Media Outlets Take Down Fake News About Najeeb Wanting to Join ISIS
Even though the Delhi police had busted the claim, news channels had published false reports about the missing JNU student.
Fatima Nafees, the mother of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, in a press release on Wednesday claimed victory against prominent media houses which had published fake news about Najeeb wanting to join ISIS. She had filed a defamation suit against such media outlets.
In the statement, Nafees said, “I am relieved that they have finally taken down these articles and videos. But it has cause lasting damage to my family, especially my son Najeeb as these news keep reappearing every time I raise my voice against this injustice.”
Press Release, 27march 2019
Major victory for us: media outlets remove false defamatory news about my son Najeeb. pic.twitter.com/v2FxoCGqGA
— Fatima Nafis (@FatimaNafis1) March 27, 2019
Nafees has filed a civil defamation suit in the Delhi high court through Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) against Times of India, Times Now, and Dilli Aaj Tak, as well as Times of India and India Today Group reporters.
As per a report on HRLN website, the suit also seeks action against a ToI reporter who had cited a “highly placed source” to claim that Najeeb had an ‘inclination towards the ISIS.’ Soon after the propagation of the claim, on March 22, 2017, the chief spokesperson of the Delhi Police, Dependra Pathak, and DCP, PRO, Delhi Police, Madhur Verma, reportedly pointed out that nothing in the investigation suggested that Najeeb accessed ISIS related websites.
“These blatantly communal and defamatory articles were published as part of efforts of paid, pro-BJP media to divert the heat (from) ABVP students who beat up Najeeb the night before he went missing were facing,” adds Nafees’ statement. .
Various politicians belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had also shared the fake news on their social media handles, some of whom took it down after the Delhi Police denied these accusations.
While the media groups have not issued any public apology to Fatima Nafees, one of the articles has been taken down on the ToI website, without offering any explanation.
However, ToI Group has retained a video clip that ran on its television channel Times Now.