Fake news sellers cornered in Kerala

Purveyors of fake news are having a hard time in Kerala.

A complaint has been filed against NDA Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar, owner of Republic TV and Asianet, for a tweet in which he passed off a photograph of an attack by RSS activists on an ambulance and a hospital in Kannur as an attack by CPI(M) activists on an ambulance carrying the body of a dead RSS worker. The tweet was deleted after the CCTV visuals from the hospital, shared in social media, showed RSS workers leading the violent attack on the hospital. Viewers need to decide how much they can trust the two channels run by this guy.

BJP State President Kummanam Rajasekharan was yesterday booked under Section 153(a) for promoting enmity between two groups. He had tweeted an undated video of youths celebrating somewhere and passed it off as a video of CPI(M) activists celebrating the death of an RSS guy. When questioned by the media and CPI(M) leaders, he could not provide any proof of the place or time of the video.

These fake tweets are clearly not an accident, for those who know the history of the organisation they are associated with. The intentions are also clear. They have succeeded elsewhere.

Every fake tweet is the first flame towards building a Reichstag fire. It’s up to us to douse them before they flare up.