ETV calls Mehbooba Mufti ‘daughter of Kashmir’ in hoarding, correspondent quits

“I resigned on moral grounds as ETV management installed hoarding praising Mehbooba Mufti and questions were raised by people that popular media group should not have behaved in such a manner,’’ Riffat Abdullah said.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Updated: April 4, 2016 4:48 pm
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Special correspondent at ETV Srinagar, Riffat Abdullah, on Monday resigned from his post in protest against the news channel for putting up big hoardings in the state capital and Jammu praising Mehbooba Mufti on becoming the first woman chief minister of the state.

Hours before the oath ceremony, ETV Urdu had placed big hoardings in Srinagar and Jammu congratulating Mehbooba Mufti for becoming the first woman chief minister of the state and termed her as daughter of Kashmir.

These hoardings by a media group generated debate on social networking sites and many criticized the media group for playing a partisan role.

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“I resigned on moral grounds as ETV management installed hoarding praising Mehbooba Mufti and questions were raised by people that popular media group should not have behaved in such a manner,’’ Riffat Abdullah, who was working as special correspondent, ETV bureau in Srinagar told The Indian Express.

“These hoardings are against the ethics of journalism. I couldn’t accept it and have sent my resignations to the ETV management. It is now up to the management whether to accept it or not. Right now, I am an unemployed journalist.’’

Riffat Abdullah joined the ETV Srinagar in 2005, was a known face of the channel in the state and had won several awards for his reporting.

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