There are plenty of journalists in India working for Indian orgs who are reporting on the pandemic bravely/meticulously. Noida-based studio ≠ 'domestic' media. In fact, Rana Ayyub hasn't reported on the pandemic but is repeatedly called on as a talkinghead in international media
Even a pro-BJP channel like Aaj Tak does have reporters on the ground getting us important updates from the ground. It's another matter that anchors like Anjana et al are not using their material to question the government on primetime.
Rana Ayyub has become the go-to person of lazy international media panels for everything from farmers protest to the pandemic, often pedalling half-baked exaggerations without putting in the rigour of reporting that many other Indian journalists do.
I don't have an issue with opinion writers — they can bring a lot of value — and I don't think reporters are the only ones who should talk on an issue. But please then position yourself as an oped writer, not an investigative reporter because there hasn't been any for a while.

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"Our job is also to give voice to people who don’t have it. And at a lot of these crematoriums people are coming up to us and expressing their grief and anger.”

Indian & foreign press is reporting from crematoriums because THAT IS where the story is.…
As deaths from Covid surged in New York last year, Reuters, Washington Post, CNN, New York Times, BBC, Telegraph showed drone footage of caskets being buried in mass graves. There were similar reports from graveyards in Brazil, Italy and the UK.

India isn’t being singled out.
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Big win for @newslaundry against an extremely brainless attempt at harassing @tweets_prateekg for doing his job. The story in question was about layoffs in Sakal Times & they took umbrage to us using their logo for a story that is ABOUT the group.…
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.@ndtv is now showing a split-screen with visuals from farmer's protest. Rest of the channels remain on the DD feed.
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What's the point of private news networks if everyone *has to* show the state broadcaster. People who want to see the parade can go to DD. Private news networks should be able to show reports along with R-Day parade. Especially when there's lathicharge happening in Delhi!
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Absolutely nonsensical comparison.

Bajaj has stated an intent to not advertise alongside hateful content. It is to uphold basic human values/decency. Plus Bajaj DID NOT troll/abuse the channels or editors, land up at their studios to threaten them. He didn't even NAME ANYONE.
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Asha’s brother squatted on the floor opposite her, looking dazed and exhausted. Every inch of the house was occupied by journalists and relatives.
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