American newspaper New York Times (NYT) has given its clarification on Friday after allegations of paid news made by the BJP for publishing a story praising Delhi’s education model. The New York Times rubbished the allegation of paid news, saying its story on Delhi’s education system was based on “fair and on-the-ground reporting”.
The report triggered a war of words between the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) after the CBI raided the residence of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday in connection with alleged irregularities in the formulation and implementation of the excise policy of the AAP government.
The AAP said that when the NYT published positive news on the Delhi model of education, the Narendra Modi government sent the CBI to Sisodia’s house and the BJP retaliated by saying it was a ‘paid’ article.
“Our report on efforts to reform Delhi’s education system is based on unbiased, on-the-ground reporting,” NYT’s external communications director Nicole Tyler said in an email seeking clarification on the matter.
He said that education is an issue that The New York Times has covered for many years. “The journalism of The New York Times has always been independent, free from political or advertiser influence,” Tyler said.
On allegations that the same story was published by Khaleej Times, Tyler clarified that other news outlets routinely license and republish Our Stories.
On 18 August, The New York Times published a front page story of its international edition titled ‘Our children are worth it’, highlighting the vast changes that Delhi’s education system underwent during the Aam Aadmi Party’s rule. That “Students are struggling to enroll because of the overhaul of public schools in India’s capital.
Along with the story, NYT published a picture of Sisodia with three girl students from Delhi government schools, with the caption, “Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia initiates the overhaul by taking a surprise visit to the schools. Now in other states of India Emphasizing on adopting the Delhi model.”
BJP alleges paid news
The BJP on Friday used Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s remark to attack the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi, in which he had said that “it is very difficult to publish news in the New York Times”. .”
Kejriwal’s remarks came in connection with the publication of an article in a US newspaper on the education model of the AAP government in the national capital with a picture of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. BJP MPs alleged that this story must have been ‘paid’ (published by paying money), but ‘AAP’ hit back and termed it as an absurd claim.