WB post-poll violence: CBI denies media reports claiming no evidence in 21 cases of sexual assault

New Delhi [India]: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday denied the media reports claiming the agency didn’t find any evidence in 21 cases of rape and attempt to rape received by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
CBI in a statement mentioned that it has been reported in a section of media on Monday and Tuesday that 21 instances of Sexual Assault forwarded by NHRC, were closed by CBI alleging that no evidence of Rape, Attempt to Rape, Molestation, Sexual Assault was found in those complaints. News has been published saying it to be based on source input and Second Status Report dated 22 December 2021 submitted by CBI in the Calcutta High Court on Post Poll Violence Cases. It may be stated that Calcutta High Court had ordered CBI on 19 August 2021 to investigate the incidents involving offences of murder, rape and attempt to rape. As such, CBI has registered the cases meeting only these criteria which are under progress.
It is clarified that CBI had received 29 complaints of sexual assault from NHRC related to sexual offences till 22 December 2021. Out of these, two cases have been decided by CBI for handing over to State SIT on the grounds of nature of offences, in line with the mandate given in the orders of the Calcutta High Court.
Further, two complaints relating to the same incident of sexual assault were received by CBI which were amalgamated, resulting in the registration of only one regular case for investigation. The remaining cases are in progress.
It may also be mentioned that State Police had referred 64 incidents to CBI in furtherance of the High Court order. Out of it, 39 offences were taken over by CBI by registering regular cases, four references are under process while 21 references were returned to State Police/SIT on the ground of nature of the offence, as CBI has been mandated in the order of the Calcutta High Court to investigate post-poll violence cases of Murder, Rape and attempt to Rape.
As such, the reports, published in a section of media alleging that CBI has found no evidence in 21 cases listed as the offence of Sexual Assault by NHRC, contain a misrepresentation of facts, are blatantly mischievous, grossly misleading and entirely false. Accordingly, the same is strongly denied.
It may be mentioned that at the time of submission of the Status Report, CBI had registered 50 Regular Cases and one Preliminary Enquiry into the incidents of Post Poll Violence. By the time of submission of the Status Report, CBI had submitted Charge Sheet in 10 cases while the remaining cases are under progress.

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, 6 others face sedition charge

Hong Kong: Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai and six other former staff members of the tabloid Apple Daily are set to face an additional sedition charge, under the Beijing-imposed national security law.
The prosecution imposed the additional charge on Tuesday and accused Lai and others of conspiring to collude with foreign powers under the city’s sweeping security legislation, Hong Kong Free Press reported. The group is now also accused of conspiring to “print, publish, sell, offer for sale, distribute, display and/or reproduce seditions publications.” They are also accused of doing so with the intention “to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against the Central Authorities.”
Earlier this month, Lai was sentenced to 13-month imprisonment for participating in last year’s banned Tiananmen Massacre vigil.
A district court in Hong Kong convicted Lai and seven others people on similar charges and handed jail terms of between four and a half to 14 months in jail.
China controlled government’s implementation of the National Security Law has upended Hong Kong’s political environment in the past year, according to several media reports.
The city authorities now view political participation as subversive, and the authorities are targeting many across a broad cross-section of the population under the new law.
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) last month had revealed a survey of correspondent and journalist members on a wide range of issues related to press freedom since the implementation of the National Security Law in June 2020.
The survey said that the vast majority of respondents reported an overall deterioration in the working environment for journalists, noting, in particular, the unwillingness of sources to be quoted and the need for reporters to self-censor their writing or delete images.

Fearing BJP, Shivakumar ‘persuaded’ to install Sardar Patel’s photograph at Cong event

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] : Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar was seemingly persuaded to install the photograph of former deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31, his birth anniversary, at an event organised at the Bengaluru party office to mark the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. In a viral video, former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is seen asking Shivakumar to install Patel’s picture along with Indira Gandhi, as Bharatiya Janata Party may criticise, and take advantage if they did not put up Sardar Patel’s photograph.
Replying to Siddaramaiah, Shivakumar is heard saying that “we never keep Patel’s picture on the day”. However, he is later seen instructing an employee at the Congress office to bring the photograph of Sardar Patel.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was born on October 31, 1875. The Congress had organised an event at its Bengaluru office to mark the death anniversary of former Indira Gandhi.
The video was released by BJP MLA and former minister MP Renukacharya on October 31.
This is not the first time that Shivakumar has faced faux pas over videos related to him going viral.
Earlier in October, in a viral video, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee media coordinator MA Salim and former Lok Sabha MP VS Ugrappa were seen alleging that Shivakumar takes bribes and stutters while talking as if he is drunk.
The two leaders compared senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah to Shivakumar saying that while the former was ‘powerful’, the latter acted like a ‘drunkard.’

Rahul Gandhi alleges corruption in Jan Dhan accounts

New Delhi [India] : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday, citing a media report attacked the central government over alleged corruption in the transfer of money in Jan Dhan accounts.
According to media reports, the State Bank of India had deducted a total amount of Rs 164 crore from Jan Dhan account holders. The report quoted a study by IIT Bombay. The media report said between 2017 and September 2020, the bank had collected a total of Rs 254 crore from Jan Dhan account holders for transactions through UPI and Rupay card. The bank had collected Rs 17.70 from each account holder during this period.
On this, Gandhi wrote on Twitter, “Who is responsible to keeping the accounts of these monies?”
The Congress leader has been attacking the Modi government for corruption. Ahead of the 2019 General Elections, Congress had alleged corruption in acquiring Rafale Jet from Dassault.

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav accuses Nitish Kumar of protecting criminals

Patna (Bihar) [India] : Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav slammed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on the law and order situation in the state and accused him of protecting criminals in Bihar.
“Chief Minister is aware of everything. In Bihar, Gangs of Nitish Kumar is going on. There are continuous reporting in cases of theft, murder, rape, people are dying every day, the law and order situation has completely collapsed. The whole is indebted in Corruption,” said Yadav on Monday. “He is protecting the criminals. In every case, the names of his ministers and MLAs are coming up. Nitish Kumar has no control over his ministers and MLAs, so how will he control criminals,” he added.
Meanwhile, Nitish Kumar on Monday said the crime rate in Bihar has come down after the liquor ban and he stands against liquor.
Speaking to media persons here, Kumar said, “Some people have turned against me because I ordered a liquor ban and I am serious about it. Those who are against it, feel bad. It is a different matter. They might have their own opinion. But we listened to the people – both men and women. I stand against liquor.”
“The crime figures have not increased. If something happens, action is taken. Administration and Police are active and action is being taken wherever something is happening,” he said.
Earlier this month, 32 people died in the state after consuming spurious liquor in Bihar. Nitish Kumar has called a high-level meeting over the liquor ban on November 16.

Pakistan media regulatory authority prohibits telecast of Noor Mukadam CCTV footage

Islamabad [Pakistan] : The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Sunday prohibited the telecast of footage from the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at the residence of Zahir Jaffer, the prime accused in the Noor Mukadam murder case as it revealed shocking scenes from before and after the murder.
The restriction has been placed under Section 27 of PEMRA Ordinance, 2002 as per a notification issued by the media regulatory authority, reported Geo News. It comes a day after several media outlets aired and uploaded the disturbing and sensitive CCTV camera footage. Horrifying scenes of what happened before and after the murder of Noor Mukadam came to light after transcripts of the CCTV camera footage were submitted in court earlier this week in Islamabad, reported Geo News.
The prosecution submitted transcripts of the CCTV camera footage in the court of additional sessions judge Justice Ata Rabbani. According to the transcript, the time of the DVR camera, from where the footage had been accessed, was 35 minutes ahead of the Pakistan Standard Time.
On July 20, at 2:41 pm, Noor is seen running towards the gate barefoot in panic, while at the same time, watchman Iftikhar is seen closing the gate at her. Meanwhile, Zahir rushes to the main gate and grabs Noor after which she is seen folding her hands and pleading with him to let her go.
According to the transcript, Zahir ignores her and forcibly drags her inside the house. Then at 2:46 am, Zahir and Noor go outside the main gate and leave the house in a taxi.
In the CCTV transcript, at 2:52 am, Zahir and Noor re-enter the house with the bags they had earlier kept inside the taxi. At this moment, Iftikhar is seen in the courtyard opening the main gate for them. A black dog is also seen.
At 7:12 pm on July 20, Noor is seen jumping from the first floor and falling on the grill of the ground floor. She had a mobile phone in her hand. She staggered to the outer main gate in what could be seen as an attempt to go out the gate. At this point, Iftikhar and the gardener were seen closing the gate.
Amidst this, Zahir, too, is seen, jumping from the terrace of the first floor of the house and running and grabbing Noor. He locks her in a cabin at the gate. Then Zahir opens the cabin and snatches the mobile phone from her, reported Geo News.
Zahir then forcibly drags Noor out of the cabin and takes her inside the house. Shortly after, at 8:06 pm, the Therapy Works team enters the house through the main gate. The Therapy Works team is seen trying to enter the house at 8:42 pm.
According to the CCTV transcript, at 8:55 pm, people from Therapy Works are seen taking an injured person out of the house towards the main gate.
Noor, 27, daughter of former Pakistani diplomat Shaukat Mukadam, was found murdered at a residence in Islamabad on July 20.
Earlier, on October 14, the prime suspect in the murder of Noor Mukadam, Zahir Jaffer, had formally been charged for the crime by an Islamabad court.
Besides Jaffer, two of the family’s employees — Jamil and Jan Mohammad — were also indicted, along with the Chief Executive Officer of Therapy Works, Tahir Zahoor.

Kashiff Khan invited me to cordelia cruise party: Maha minister Aslam Shaikh

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Maharashtra minister Aslam Shaikh on Monday confirmed that he was invited to the Cordelia cruise party by Fashion TV head Kashiff Khan in which Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede.
Addressing a press conference, Shaikh said that he does not know him personally and does not have his contact number. “Being a minister, I get invited to many events and parties. I was invited to the cruise party by one Kashiff Khan. I don’t know him personally and I also don’t have his contact number. If someone has any evidence, then they should bring it forward,” said Shaikh.
The Maharashtra Minister said that two agencies are currently probing the entire issue and the truth would come out soon.
“Even now, the whole nation and even international media is focussing on this case, but nobody is talking about the huge drugs consignment of over Rs 20,000-crore seized from a container at Mundra Port in Gujarat,” said Shaikh sharply.
He further targeted BJP and the media for making direct accusations of murder against Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) leaders and ministers, even though the probe agencies were investigating the case.
“What happened during the death of Sushant Singh Rajput? The BJP went all out to target the MVA government, ministers and leaders, till the Bihar elections (October -November 2020). After the elections were over, even the Rajput controversy abruptly ended and nobody talked about it,” Shaikh added.
Earlier on Sunday, Maharashtra minority affairs minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik alleged that Fashion TV head Kashiff Khan forced MVA minister Aslam Shaikh to come to the Cordelia Cruise ship party and was also planning to bring children of various ministers to the party.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2.
A total of 20 people, including two Nigerian nationals and Aryan Khan, have been arrested so far in the case.

Future of media is ‘bleak’ under Taliban, laments Afghan journalists

Kabul [Afghanistan]: The Afghan journalists are lamenting the fact that the future of media is ‘bleak’ under the Taliban rule.
Earlier also Taliban suicide bombers had killed a graphic designer, video editor, set decorator, three dubbing artists and a driver who worked for TOLO’s entertainment wing, reported The Frontier Post. After that, reporting on the deaths of their colleagues by suicide bombers, unidentified gunmen and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) became a routine as the Taliban, the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K) and unknown armed groups continued to target journalists.
But all that changed on August 15 after the Taliban took control of the war-ravaged nation. “The first thing we did was send the entire female staff home,” Shabir Ahmadi of TOLO TV told Al Jazeera over the phone from Europe.
They immediately stopped broadcasting music and entertainment programmes. The Turkish serials, game shows, singing competitions, talk shows and sketch comedy shows that millions of people tuned into every evening came to a sudden end, said Ahmadi.
Ahmadi said he tried to work as a journalist in the Taliban’s Islamic Emirate, but it quickly became clear that would be too difficult. There were reports of the Taliban torturing journalists, confiscating their equipment, beating them on the streets of main cities, jailing them for weeks at a time and instituting new restrictive media laws, reported The Frontier Post.
By September, Ahmadi was among hundreds of other Afghan journalists and media workers, including his TOLO colleagues, who had fled the country.
The exodus of journalists has led to serious questions about the future of the media in Afghanistan, where a free press was one of the few real gains to come out of 20 years of Western occupation, reported The Frontier Post.
Steven Butler, the Asia programme coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), says the current media situation in Afghanistan resembles that of Myanmar.
Like Afghanistan, Myanmar also experienced a recent political upheaval that saw the end of a controversial semi-democratic Western-supported government and led to an immediate flight of the country’s media workers.
Butler fears that, like Myanmar, the future of Afghanistan’s media is “bleak”, but he understands why so many journalists left both the countries, operating in exile, reported The Frontier Post.
For Ahmadi, the flight of journalists is especially difficult to bear because the media was one industry where thousands of young people felt heard and challenged at the same time.
Butler says CPJ is trying to establish contacts with the Taliban to advocate for the rights of the Afghan reporters, but that has proven difficult so far.
He says the Islamic Emirate promises it will investigate matters, but has yet to present any actual findings.
That commitment to free media came under renewed scrutiny when CPJ reported the Taliban beat three journalists covering a small women’s protest in one of the busiest areas of Kabul, reported The Frontier Post.
Once again, the organisation said the Taliban did not respond to their requests for comment on the incident, which came just a month after the group detained, beat and flogged journalists covering a similar demonstration.
Likewise, journalists also recalled being stopped by the Taliban from reporting from the northern province of Panjshir where an armed resistance against the group started after it took over Kabul.
In a recent report, the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) described the killing of a journalist by unknown gunmen and seizures of two media outlets in the east and the north as examples of the Islamic Emirate failing to ensure the safety of the media.
Like CPJ, the AJSC also says the Taliban has failed to provide details of promised investigations into abuses against journalists, reported The Frontier Post.

Sruthi Hariharan Shares Her Views On SRK Being Hounded By Media & Public

National Award winning actress Sruthi Hariharan, who has always stood up for the right and has always spoken her mind out, shared her views on Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan( SRK) being hounded by media and public today during his visit to his son Aryan Khan at Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail. The actress shared that she found it disturbing to see the way everything has been handled.

The actress took to her social media page to share her views and anguish. Sruthi wrote, “After watching some very disturbing videos today of a superstar being hounded by the media and public, post meeting with his son … I give up on trying to understand how these social power structures work. On one side it is heartening to note that nobody is big or small in the eyes of the law … But experience makes me cautious in making assumptions about how the system actually works … WTF!! (sic)”

Sruthi has previously witnessed similar intrusion when she had come forth during the peak of #MeToo movement and spoken about her unpleasant experience on a film set. The actress then had to face multiple trials by both the media and public for speaking about women’s rights. The actress seems to be alluding to these experiences in her post when she hinted that she should not be making any assumptions about how the system works.

Shah Rukh’s son Aryan is currently under trial for his alleged involvement in a drug scandal after he was arrested on a cruise off the shore of Mumbai coast recently.

In attempt to strangle free speech, China puts investment in media under ‘ban list’

Beijing [China] : Amid China’s bid to tighten the control over free speech in the country, the Xi Jinping-led government added investment in media organisations to a list of ‘banned investments’.

As per the measure posted in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP’s) website, the State Development and Reform Commission (SDRC) said it is ‘soliciting public opinion’ on adding private sector investment in media organisations to a list of banned investments, Radio Free Asia reported.
“The government is making sure that it controls its message, it won’t hand over the pen to anyone else,” a retired lecturer at Shanxi University adding that “It wants a dominating voice to rule over everything.”

The order stated that “organisations with no public sector investment shall not engage in business involving newsgathering, editing or broadcasting.”

This order intends to curb private investments in news agencies, newspaper publishing groups, radio or television broadcasters, and providers of online news, editing services or publishers, the order stated.

Besides the media, Beijing has also banned private investments in areas including political, economic, military, or diplomatic organisations, Radio Free Asia reported.

Meanwhile, China has also significantly increased its efforts to influence media coverage to improve the global narrative about itself.

Beijing has been using media as an important tool for asserting power and enhancing its narrative in international discourse, China is bankrolling scholars, journalists, and experts abroad, censoring domestic media while keeping a tab on Chinese Diaspora abroad, The HK Post reported. (ANI)

Afghan independent media group resumes activities weeks after Taliban takeover

Kabul [Afghanistan]: An Afghanistan independent media group has resumed all its activities about 45 days after the Taliban takeover.
The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) said that “some activities” of the committee were stopped after the political and government change in the country. “After the political and government change in the country, some activities of the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) were stopped. AJSC has started its normal activities as before,” the AJSC said in a statement.
The re-emergence of the Taliban in Afghanistan raised the concerns among many that journalists in the country would be targeted to silence dissent.
Recently, two Afghan journalists were beaten in police custody after covering a protest by women in Kabul.
At the first Taliban news conference on August 17 after the group took Kabul, their spokesperson, Zabiullah Mujahid, said that media will remain “free and independent,” provided they work according to “Islamic principles,” and are fair and serve “national interests.”
The Human Rights Watch said that Taliban authorities in Afghanistan have imposed wide-ranging restrictions on media and free speech that are already stifling criticism and dissent.
Taliban security forces have also arbitrarily detained journalists and beaten several. The head of a journalists’ advocacy group told Human Rights Watch that the Taliban have taken at least 32 journalists into custody since they took power in Kabul on August 15, the Human Rights Watch said.

Lahore: Journalists, writers oppose Pakistan Media Development Authority bill

Islamabad [Pakistan]: The Punjab Union of Journalists (PUJ) and the Association of Progressive Writers in collaboration with the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists at the Punjab Institute of Language, Art and Culture (PLAC) held a seminar on the ongoing situation in the country and Pakistan Media Development Authority (PDMA) bill.

The seminar was held under the chairmanship of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Secretary-General Nasir Zaidi, reported The News International.
Addressing the event, Zaidi said: “We cannot make Pakistan a safe country without the protection of free media,” He added that the government’s propaganda of fake news is aimed at curbing media freedom.

Senior journalist Sohail Warraich said the struggle for the freedom of the press from the platform of the Association of Progressive Writers and the PUJ was a good omen for the country. The clear position of journalists and intellectuals in the seminar will guarantee the protection of freedom of the press, reported The News International.

Senior journalist Khawar Naeem Hashmi said that in the form of social media, 220 million people in the country were now playing the role of citizen journalists.

President PUJ Qamar Zaman Bhatti said now all writers, poets and thinkers would fall prey to the PMDA.

The speakers extended their full support to the PFUJ in the fight for freedom of the press and vowed to fully participate in the long march starting from Balochistan in November.

Calling the freedom of the press inevitable, many journalists and writers vowed to resist and fight against any such government move including the PMDA, as per the publication.

Despite being a democratic state, Pakistan continues to suppress free speech in digital spaces, stopping its citizens from participating in the working of the state by depriving them of a resourceful channel for vocalizing their concerns.

Writer Mehmil Khalid cited ‘Pakistan Freedom of Expression Report 2020’ by Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD) to say that the country performed poorly on all the indicators that determine free speech and that the COVID-19 pandemic further exacerbated the digital censorship in Pakistan.

Pakistan scored 30 points out of 100 on the assessment report index, which analysts say proves the fact that the government has placed curbs on free speech and disallowed people to talk especially about the pandemic and the related information. (ANI)

Taliban further censor Afghan media, issue ’11 rules’ for scribe organisations

Kabul [Afghanistan]: In a bid to further censor and repress the media freedom in Afghanistan, the Taliban have unveiled ’11 rules’ for scribe organisations.
These curbs include directives against publishing topics that are in conflict with Islam or insulting to national personalities, and also instruct journalists to produce news reports in coordination with the government media office, The New York Times reported. “Journalists are just frightened,” said Steven Butler, a senior member of America-based press freedom organization adding that “the organization had been receiving hundreds of emails from [Afghan] journalists asking for help.”
Since the collapse of Afghan government, Over 150 media outlets in Afghanistan have shut down their operations as they struggled to carry out their day to day functions. This is because the Taliban has been continuously creating intrusion in media’s ‘right to information’ which has hampered the work of scribe organisations, Tolo News reported.
Some of the most prominent newspapers were also forced to cease print operations and now publish only online, amid the country’s sharp economic downturn, The New York Times reported
Earlier in this month, the Taliban also cracked upon the journalists covering demonstrations against the ‘new government’ formed after ousting the democratically elected government.
Contrary to the promises made by the Taliban of respecting human values, the group continues to violate the basic human rights of media personnel as they are being harassed, tortured, and killed.
There has been a change in the content being shown on private TV channels. Critical news bulletins, political debates, entertainment and music shows, foreign dramas are replaced with programmes tailored to the Taliban government.
Meanwhile, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has also asked Taliban to immediately cease detaining journalists in Afghanistan and allow the media to operate freely and without fear of reprisal.
Things have changed dramatically since the Taliban began its military advances after the US announced the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan.
Dawa Khan Menapal, the Director of Afghanistan’s Government Information Media Center in Kabul was killed in the first week of August. Two days later, journalist Toofan Omar of Paktia Ghag Radio was murdered by the Taliban fighters. Soon after Kabul fell, Taliban fighters began looking for journalists–many were tortured while some were killed, reported Al Arabiya Post.

Yami Urges Media To Accept That Film Belongs To Female Counterparts As Well

Actor Yami Gautam has expressed her disappointment after several media portals did not mention her and Jacqueline Fernandez in the headlines of the reviews of their new film ‘Bhoot Police’, which features Saif Ali Khan and Arjun Kapoor as male leads.

On Friday, Yami took to Twitter and called out a leading publication for using the names of only male actors in their article’s headline. She wrote, “Thank you for the feedback but it’s high time for media portals to start acknowledging the fact that a film belongs to the female counterparts as well & to be respectfully mindful while penning their headlines.”

Several social media users also agreed with Yami and shared similar views.
“Agree with you. This patriarchy needs to stop,” a netizen tweeted.
“True mam…female actresses also have to be given credit in articles and everywhere when anyone is talking about the film,” another user wrote.

Speaking of ‘Bhoot Police’, the horror-comedy is directed by Pawan Kripalani.

Social media should not spread fallacious information: Yogi

Lucknow, Aug 6: Calling out the opposition for spreading negativity, lies and hate on social media for their petty political gains, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that social media is a powerful tool which must be used to spread awareness and positivity rather than spreading fallacious information.

“Social media has become a powerful instrument of democracy. It must be used as a weapon to counter fake news and statements immediately in order to avoid conflicts that are made up to satisfy selfish motives,” the Chief Minister said while addressing a workshop of BJP IT and Social Media Cell in the state capital on Friday.

Emphasizing on the importance of social media for good governance, the Chief Minister said that as social media is the fastest growing form of media which is also the fourth pillar of a democratic nation, it should be used in a way to build a better interactive bridge between the government and the citizens.

“Social media connects people at ground-level, in order to spread awareness, videos of people who have availed benefits of government schemes must be uploaded to promote them further,” he said.

Yogi Adityanath further asserted that the opposition leaders, who are desperate to regain lost political ground, are engaged in political stunts to topple the efficient working of the government instead of educating and making people aware of issues in reality.

“Those who are presenting themselves as ‘well wishers’ of farmers and are disturbing the peace of the nation must know that over 45 lakh sugarcane farmers in UP have been paid a record cane price payment of more than Rs 1,40,000 crore,” said the CM adding that, “We must work as a team and make people aware of our achievements through social media to put an end to fake statements.”

Lashing out at the opposition for creating fake scenarios on social media, the Chief Minister asked people to be more alert and cautious of what they read and share.

Yogi also said that people should first check when they receive a news on social media before forwarding it to others.

“The fashion of forwarding needs to be solved with technology,” he added.

Highlighting the importance of social media and its presence, the Chief Minister concluded that we cannot separate ourselves from it, hence, it must be used in an effective way to influence lives positively.

Gigi Hadid Asks Media And Paparazzi To Blur The Face Of Her Newborn Daughter Khai

Supermodel Gigi Hadid took to her social media today and penned down a lengthy note asking the media, paparazzi and fanclubs to blur the face of her and Zayn Malik’s newborn daughter, Khai from images ‘if and when she is caught on camera’.

Sharing her ‘letter from a Mamma’, Gigi said that she has now realised that she can’t protect Khai from everything and wrote, “As our baby grows up we have to realize that we can’t protect her from everything the way we wanted to and could when she was smaller. She loves seeing the world! and although she gets a lot of that out near the farm, she also gets to experience other places- a true blessing. On our most recent visits to New York, she has started to want her sun shade lifted up (something she is used to at home) and helps herself to it! She doesn’t understand why she’s covered in the city, or what I’ve wanted to protect her from. I also want her to see the most amazing city in the world + the beautiful and diverse people that walk down the streets of NYC … that is, without the stress of the media circus that comes with parents who are public figures.”

She further added, “I know the laws change State to State, and I’ve seen some paparazzi photos of kids in NYC with their faces blurred – but, from asking around, I believe that that comes down to the integrity of the photographer, publications, or fans sharing the images. I write this all to say: to the Paparazzi, press, and beloved fan accounts, you know we have never intentionally shared our daughters face on social media. Our wish is that she can choose how to share herself with the world when she comes of age, and that she can live as normal of a childhood as possible, without worrying about a public image that she has not chosen”.

Wishing ‘the best’ for her daughter, Gigi continued, “It would mean the world to us, as we take our daughter to see and explore NYC and the world, if you would PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE blur her face out of the images, if and when she is caught on camera. I know it’s an extra effort- but as a new mom, I just want the best for my baby, as all parents do… and I hope this can continue the conversation to protect minors in the media, even if they come from a public family.”

“I would like to send a huge ‘Thank You’ to those paparazzi who have been so respectful, since I asked them to keep a distance while I walked with the stroller, since my first trip to NYC with Khai. I see you and I appreciate it. For the child, I can imagine that close or dramatic paparazzi frenzies must be overwhelming and disorienting… it still is an adult that understands and deals with it often. I appreciate you taking the time to read this and hope you can understand where I’m coming from. With love, G” she signed off.

Gigi Hadidi and her long-term boyfriend-singer Zayn Malik were blessed with a daughter in September 2020. The couple later named their daughter Khai and Zayn announced on social media, “Our baby girl is here, healthy and beautiful to try put into words how i am feeling right now would be an impossible task. The love I feel for this tiny human is beyond my understanding. Grateful to know her, proud to call her mine, and thankful for the life we will have together x.”

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