How the propaganda media and cartoonist Manjul milk a Twitter email thoroughly
On June 4, anti-BJP cartoonist Manjul took to Twitter to imply that the Modi government was trying to silence his freedom of speech. He had shared a screenshot of an email received from “Twitter Legal” in which he indicated that the microblogging platform had received a request from Indian law enforcement authorities regarding his account. “Jai Ho Modi ji ki sarkar ki (Hello everyone to the government headed by Narendra Modi), ”he said.
Twitter correspondence of this nature is not unusual. OpIndia herself has received several of these emails from Twitter. In fact, other activists on Twitter have also received several of these emails with the body of the email exactly the same as the text that was tweeted by Manjul.
However, this email became the trope with which Manjul and several others defeated the Modi government. Manjul used this email to say, “Thank you to the Modi government for not asking Twitter to close the handle for being anti-religion and atheist and not considering Modi ji my god.” Manjul further hinted that the Twitter warning was received at the request of the Indian government. He wrote: “It would have been better if the government informed him of the tweet that had offended him. I could have reposted the same tweet. It would have helped people.
Soon news surfaced that Manjul’s contract with Network 18 was terminated. No sooner did the news emerge than The Wire attributed the termination of the contract to the Twitter email Manjul had received.
The Wire attributed its information to sources, said that “there was no indication that it would be suspended and the movement suddenly took them by surprise”. The Wire claims it was in the context of the Twitter email that Manjul was suspended from Network 18, where he had worked for 6 years.
The same report was later picked up by Newslaundry, another left-wing propaganda portal to further disseminate the narrative.
Legacy and the mainstream media are afflicted with the cancer of cowardice. He’s always been there, but he’s terminal now. That is why they should be made unnecessary for the sake of democracy. The designer Manjul loses his contract with the network 18. https://t.co/jpMSRUPQQK
– Abhinandan Sekhri (@AbhinandanSekhr) June 11, 2021
Even when evaluating the reasons peddled by The Wire, to anyone who wants to look at the situation logically, the reason seems to be a bit of an exaggeration. Any business usually terminates its independent contributors as it sees fit, primarily as part of a cost-cutting measure or when it feels that the independent contributor has become more of a burden than an asset. It is a legitimate decision that any business would make and the decision can be based on several factors. However, it is rather convenient to claim that such a decision would be made on the basis of a generic email from Twitter, which is not unique to Manjul, but has been received by hundreds of people on social media. .
A former Network 18 freelance writer has also been involved in the controversy.
He said he too had been removed with “immediate effect” from the list of independent contributors and attributed this decision perhaps to possible cost-cutting measures of Network 18 in the midst of a pandemic.
I was removed with “immediate effect” from the list of independent contributors by them 15 months ago.
It must be my Anti-Modi tweets, or maybe their continued cost reduction due to the pandemic and their steadily declining traffic and reduced revenue.
Na, that must be my Anti-Modi tweets https://t.co/bSLQSFuiT1
– Radio Gappistan (@GappistanRadio) June 12, 2021
In fact, layoffs in the media industry were rather common during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, as portals and news houses struggled to make ends meet not only in India but around the world.
In March 2021, left-wing outlet BuzzFeed announced that it had fired 47 journalists, editors and producers of the newly acquired HuffPost in the United States. BuzzFeed also said they will shut down HuffPost’s Canadian operations due to ongoing organizational restructuring.
In a statement, BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti told employees they would start restructuring HuffPost to accelerate its path to profitability. Unfortunately, this includes staff cuts, and a number of talented colleagues will be laid off over the next few days, he said. Sources say Peretti said last year’s losses were $ 20 million and would be similar this year without intervention.
“Although BuzzFeed is a profitable business, we don’t have the resources to support another two years of losses,” said Peretti, announcing his decision to lay off 47 employees.
In April 2020, digital far-left propagandist website The Quint asked 45 employees to take unlimited unpaid leave following the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. The list of employees sent on indefinite leave by The Quint propagandists includes journalists, editors, an office manager, production staff and the entire tech team.
In April 2020 itself, the India Today group had ad that he is shutting down his Delhi Mail Today tabloid. The notice said, “It has been a privilege to be your newspaper of choice and to keep you informed day in and day out. However, it is a fact that the coronavirus pandemic has radically changed all of our circumstances. The print edition of Mail Today had been in circulation for the past thirteen years. The advisory further added: “It is with deep regret that we announce the suspension of the print edition of Mail Today, effective today.”
Therefore, cost-cutting measures are nothing new in the midst of the pandemic and attributing Manjul’s exit to source-based information and linking it to the Twitter email, only breathes a motivated agenda that portals like The Wire and Newslaundry peddle quite effectively.
Interestingly, even a former colleague of Manjul didn’t really believe in the version peddled by The Wire and Newslaundry. A former colleague of Manjul told OpIndia: “Manjul had resigned from DNA and believed he would have a thriving freelance career and earn a lot more money than his monthly salary earned him. However, his plans went haywire and he couldn’t get many contracts. He was bitter and now tries to blame external factors for poor career development. I hope he finally earns a lot of money thanks to all the publicity he has been able to collect ”.
It is relevant to note here that Manjul was previously a designer with DNA owned by Zee Media. After starting freelance, he became virulent against BJP and since then has drawn cartoons to peddle an anti-BJP agenda.
Irrational and motivated strategy to defame the Modi government
While Manjul, The Wire and Newslaundry have brazenly tried to portray the hand of the Modi government behind the correspondence on Twitter, nothing could be further from the truth. If we apply the anti-BJP cartoonist’s reasoning, it will imply that the Indian government is there to destroy Opindia and popular Twitter users such as Vikaso and Ankur Singh, as everyone mentioned received the exact same correspondence from Twitter.
While it is not uncommon for the liberal left-wing lobby to blame the Modi government for trivial matters, the hubbub created on Twitter by Manjul appears to be part of a sneaky new strategy to peddle propaganda against the government. in place.