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The truth about the media campaign against India from the Gulf

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In the media war against India, only Pakistan and the handlers sitting outside Pakistan are considered guilty whereas the reality is that today many media organizations of Turkey and Qatar have also become partners in this campaign. On the basis of prevailing political instability in Pakistan right now, it can be said that clearly, not only a single ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood is working there but basically Pakistani elements have been doing all this in the name of anti-India history.
We have to understand what is the alliance between journalists and media organizations settled in Turkey and Qatar and other countries supporting them, which provokes them to oppose India. It is unfortunate that such widespread misinformation is being spread about India in the Gulf region. Misinformation can be spread through various means such as social media, traditional media, and word of mouth. It is important to fact-check information and verify sources before sharing or believing any information. Additionally, it is also important to remember that each country has its own unique challenges and issues, and it is important to discuss other countries with empathy and understanding.

The Muslim Brotherhood is a political and social movement founded by Hassan al-Banna in Egypt in 1928. Its stated goal is to promote traditional Islamic values and principles, and it has had a significant impact on the political and social development of many Muslim-majority countries. The organization is banned or suppressed in many countries, including Egypt, where it was designated as a terrorist group in 2013, while many other countries view it as a radicalized and extremist organization. Turkey today is working as the international headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood and is supported by Emir Tamim of Qatar.

Disinformation against India in the Gulf region refers to the dissemination of false or misleading information with the intent to influence public opinion or policy regarding India. This type of disinformation can take many forms, such as fake news, conspiracy theories, or edited photos and videos. It is being spread through various channels including social media, messaging apps, and traditional news outlets. Disinformation targeting India in the Gulf region is often spread by pro-Pakistan or pro-China groups seeking to undermine India’s relations with the Gulf countries. Disinformation often includes false claims about India’s human rights record, its treatment of minorities, and its foreign policy.

In February 2021, news came that Turkey along with Pakistan had formed a media front against India. This claim was made by an organization called Mediterranean-Asian Investigative Journalists. This news was reprinted by the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS). It was reported in the news that TRT World and Anadolu Media have associated several Pakistani and Indian Kashmiri journalists with this campaign. Turkey’s intelligence agency MIT started working closely with Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI’s Pakistan Army’s media wing, ISPR i.e. Inter Service Public Relations.

TRT World was forwarded to handle this responsibility and many Indian Kashmiri journalists were also added to it even without proper qualifications. TRT World is a 24-hour English-language international news channel owned and operated by the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT). The channel is headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey, and aims to provide a global audience with a “Turkish perspective” on news and current events. TRT World has a bureau in India, which covers news and events in the country and region.

TRT World has been criticized for being biased in its coverage of India and for spreading misinformation about the country. In some cases, the channel has been accused of spreading misinformation about India’s human rights record and the situation of minorities, particularly Muslims, in India. The channel has been criticized for promoting a pro-Pakistan view regarding the dispute over the territory of Kashmir. Let us tell you that TRT World shows news in many languages including Turkish, English, and Arabic.

The anti-India media gang wants to develop Kuwait as a new front against India. In April 2020, India’s Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement saying that Kuwait “should not give importance” to the “misuse” of unofficial social media accounts. A letter from the Secretary General of the Kuwaiti Ministry allegedly sought the intervention of the Organisation of Islamic Countries to stop the persecution of Muslims in India. This letter was shared so much by many non-verified Twitter accounts that India’s Ministry of External Affairs had to clarify it’s stand on it. Later, at the behest of the Kuwaiti government, the Kuwaiti Twitter account of Nassar was closed.

A fake tweet attributed to Mona bint Fahd, assistant vice-chancellor of Sultan Qaboos University for International Relations and daughter of Oman’s deputy PM Sayyid Fahd, was circulated in 2020 that one million Indian people would be expelled from Oman if the Indian government did not stop the persecution of Indian Muslims. This tweet was done from the handle @SayyidaMona. No such twitter handle representing Mona Bint Fahad exists.

Later, to clarify this false tweet, Mona tweeted from the official handle that she thanked for the supportive concerns expressed by people for her. “Having full faith in all of you in raising awareness about such activities, which are not acceptable to Omani society, I reaffirm that my presence in social media is through the accounts @hhmonaalsayd and @MonaFahad13,” she said.

This example is enough that not only through media but also through social media, a planned conspiracy is going on to spoil India’s relations with the entire Arab world.

It is important to note that misinformation is a growing problem globally, and it can be difficult to differentiate between true and false information. It is important to be critical and skeptical about information, especially when it comes from sources that are not well-known or reputable.

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Dilshad Noor
Dilshad Noor
Mr. Dilshad Noor is a research fellow at DFRAC with experience of 8 years in the field of journalism He has done his bachelor's in journalism from VMOU, Kota. He has done MA and LLB from the University of Kota. He specializes in report making and research analysis.

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