Newslaundry yet again caught peddling fake news

Hardly a couple of days have passed since we published a list of lies and propaganda spread by Newslaundry and, lo and behold, they are caught, yet again, doing the same.

For those of you who don’t know, five radical Maoists were arrested earlier this month for inciting the Bhima Koregaon violence. Those arrested include advocate Surendra Gadling, Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut. But, in a shocking turn of events, Pune police has alleged that the arrested Maoists were planning an assassination of PM Modi.

Pune police has recovered a letter from Rona Wilson’s laptop which mentions that the Maoists were planning “another Rajiv Gandhi type incident” to end Modi regime. The letter also sought Rs 8 crore in cash to procure an annual supply of M4 gun along with 4 lakh rounds of ammunition. ANI has put up a copy of this letter in a tweet.

Two days back, Newslaundry published an article claiming that Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) had issued a statement condemning the arrest of Mahesh Raut, who is one of the five accused of inciting Bhima Koregaon violence. The article was titled “Tata Institute of Social Sciences Condemns the Arrest of Mahesh Raut.”

But, the truth is that TISS had not issued any such statement. It was, in fact, a group of students, faculty members and staff of TISS who issued it in solidarity with Mahesh Raut and four others who are accused of inciting violence and planning to assassinate PM Modi. However, Newslaundry had tried to pass it off as an official statement by the institute through the heading of their article.

The article was shared by Newslaundry’s official twitter handle. Fortunately, a few vigilant twitter users caught hold of their mischief and pointed it out.

Consequently, Newslaundry changed the heading of the article and apologized as well.

However, as of now, the Google search result of the article still shows the earlier erroneous heading.

With the amount misinformation and fake news it spreads, Newslaundry looks more of a troll website than an actual news/fact-checking website it claims to be.