Arnab Goswami Republic TV falsely accused Jamaat-e-Islami India chief Maulana Jalaluddin Umri of being a terrorist
CNN-News18, a channel owned by Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Group is facing serious flak as the All India Muslim Personal Board (AIMPLB) accused it of committing ‘blasphemy’ and hurting the sentiments of Muslims across the world.
In its broadcast on Saturday, the channel claimed to unearth the property details of Jaish e Muhammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, the man behind the Pulwama terror attack.
While flashing the headlines ‘JeM terror factory in Bahawalpur,’ the channel showed images of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Masjid-e Nabawi in Madina and Al-Aqsa mosque implying that they were part of Jaish Chief Masood Azhar’s ‘terror factory’.
These mosques are considered to be the three most holiest sites for Muslims around the world.
We strongly condemn @republic channel for falsely accusing Ml Jalaluddin Umri, the vice president of @AIMPLB_Official, of being a terrorist. We also condemn @CNNnews18. It has committed blasphemy against Madjids in Mecca, Madina and Quds. Both channels must apologize. pic.twitter.com/gQEED91utz
— All India Muslim Personal Law Board (@AIMPLB_Official) March 3, 2019
The channel however later in a clarification said that the footage used was from JeM’s own propaganda video, which used the images of religious sites of Islam.
Clarification on a story aired by CNN-NEWS18. pic.twitter.com/NczqaMkCSq
— News18 (@CNNnews18) March 4, 2019
Meanwhile, Arnab Goswami Republic TV falsely accused the Jamaat-e-Islami India chief Maulana Jalaluddin Umri of being a terrorist.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) wrote a letter to the channel condemning its act and demanding an immediate apology.
The letter by the AIMPLB also condemned CNN-News18 for committing ‘blasphemy’ by linking three of the holiest sites for Muslims to Jaish chief Masood Azhar’s ‘terror factory.’
Republic TV has unconditionally apologised to Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umri for the same.
— Republic (@republic) March 3, 2019