Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Dead man speaks in Rediff Special

Reader and frequent commenter Pradeep brings this to my notice:

This appeared in a Rediff special yesterday, titled "Saudi King's gift to a Kerala family" by George Iype. The only problem is that Mukundan C Menon, noted human rights activist and journalist, had passed away last December.

"This poses serious credibility issues to Rediff reports", says Pradeep. Pradeep has also written to Rediff about this.

Update (Jan 29): Pradeep points out that Rediff has responded to his mail and has deleted the reference to Mukundan C Menon from the above article. Thanks Pradeep!


At 7:09 AM, Blogger pennathur said...

What's your point Anand? Are you saying that the Saudi government did not sentence the person in question to death?

At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Vishnu said...

Here is something funny: The website of the confederation of human rights organizations, kerala says that late Mukundan C Menon died on Dec 12, 2006. Maybe the rediff guy looked at this page and said, "He is not yet dead."

At 11:50 PM, Blogger sudhanshu said...

Isn't that what Anand trying to say?
Now I just find myself repeating, Anand, what was your point?

At 12:52 AM, Anonymous rocksea said...


pennathur, the post can be confusing.

1. it says abt shahjahan executed but after execution he was found to be innocent. now this incident totally means saudi govt has no concern over human rights and still follows stringent, idealistic world of its own.

2. it talks abt a naushad, who may be some guy who is lucky in a trial later. may be. i don't have a clue.

3. the guy who is said to be reporting this news "m c menon" died before the report.

At 9:55 AM, Anonymous Pradeep said...

Anand: Thank you so much for the posting.

There is no confusion in this posting. The whole aim was to show how journalists cook up comments and writing stories by sitting in their offices in Delhi or Bombay without verifying facts or contacting people.

The good news is that, today (28th Jan), the editors corrected the story. They removed the whole fabricated comment from Mukundan C Menon.


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