Many Nepalese have termed Indian media's coverage of quake as 'insensitive' and as a ‘public relation exercise’
GN Bureau | May 4, 2015
Indian media is facing huge criticism for the ‘insensitive’ and 'sensational' coverage of the devastating earthquake that hit the Himalayan country on April 25.
As Nepal is busy getting over its worst natural disaster that killed over 7,000 and injured nearly 14,000 people, Nepalese vented their anger and disgust on India media through social media. Terming it as a 'public relation exercise’ on the behalf of the Indian government, Nepalese took to Twitter and blogs to slam Indian journalists. As a result of which a hashtag ‘#GoHomeIndianMedia” kept trending on Twitter till Monday morning.
“ @narendramodi Nepal is a sovereign country not the state of India. We respect what India is doing for us. Please respect our soverignity,” said one tweet.
Here are the tweets:
Unbelievably strong reaction against Indian media #GoHomeIndianMedia Time to introspect. Stop putting Mike in dead man's mouth— Aviator Anil Chopra (@Chopsyturvey) May 4, 2015
Ever since Mr Modi has become PM, we've lost our moral compass.Every institution of India appears compromised,corrupted. #GoHomeIndianMedia— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) May 3, 2015
Since #GoHomeIndianMedia is trending, media must debate on "why can't India produce world class media" like they do with players//scientists— Overrated Sala (@bhak_sala) May 3, 2015
200 Indian Journalists were enjoying helicopter sorties & Joyrides, motivation for doing modi propaganda in Nepal. Thx. #GoHomeIndianMedia— Vinod Mehta (@DrunkVinodMehta) May 3, 2015
The criticism was also visible on Facebook and blogs. In an open letter to Indian media by a Nepali, which is also being published on various news websites, Sunita Shakya writes, “Thanks to tons of reporters who came to Nepal from those rescue planes of India, you took a seat where a victim could be transported to hospitals/ health camps. Thanks to you all reporters, you took a seat where a bag of food and supplies could be placed to send to those hardly hit places.”
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