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‘Targeted harassment’: Rana Ayyub files police complaint against website over ‘fake news’

In her complaint Wednesday, Ayyub said she had been the subject of 27,000 hate tweets and Facebook posts due to fake news spread against her by a website ‘The Scoop Beats’.

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New Delhi: Independent journalist Rana Ayyub filed a written complaint with the Mumbai Police Wednesday, citing “targeted harassment” and “fake news” spread against her by a website called The Scoop Beats, which has allegedly led to a barrage of abuse and threats. 

“In the last two days, 27,000 tweets and Facebook posts have been generated against me. Reporters sans Frontiers and international journalism organisations have put out tweets urging the Indian government to protect me,” Ayyub, also a Global Opinions writer for The Washington Post, stated in the complaint, accessed by ThePrint.

Ayyub’s primary point of contention is a video posted Wednesday on The Scoop Beats’ YouTube channel and social media titled ‘Saudi Arabia Banned Rana Ayyub’, which she said contains photoshopped tweets of her expressing hate for India. 

 

Ayyub urged the Mumbai Police to “arrest the perpetrators” for the “fake news” against her, the threats as well as the “anti-India accusations”, but no such action has yet been taken, although the police acknowledged receipt of the complaint. 

“Mumbai Police informed me that my complaint has been forwarded to DCP Cyber Cell Rashmi Karandikar, who is looking into the matter. This is the only update since yesterday,” Ayyub told ThePrint.

‘Inundated with rape and death threats’ 

Hosted by The Scoop Beats’ employees Vidyanshi Dwivedi and Mannu Sahu, the nearly 11-minute video was uploaded Wednesday, days after Ayyub had tweeted in support of Yemeni civilians, and criticised Saudi Arabia’s government for its military actions in Yemen over the course of the latter’s civil war since 2015.

Ayyub had also argued with Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Priyanka Chaturvedi over this issue.

 

In her complaint, Ayyub stated, “[The Scoop Beats] have used a photoshopped tweet in the background that says ‘I hate India and I hate Indians’. This fake news has led to a barrage of hate against me…My timeline has been inundated with rape and death threats. I and my family are in imminent danger.”

The Scoop Beats has published a sarcastic apology in response to Ayyub’s tweets, stating that everything they had said was “true”

 

Ayyub also brought to the police’s attention the Bulli Bai app, on which she was “auctioned” by online trolls alongside other Muslim women earlier this month. She also referred to the UN special rapporteurs’ 2018 appeal to the Indian government to “protect” Ayyub from threats, and to her presence on Katherine Love’s 2021 list of the world’s 10 most threatened journalists.

“Ayyub has long been the target of online harassment and misinformation campaigns in response to her commentary and reporting,” Love wrote for Forbes

Ayyub also revealed that she had tested positive for Covid-19, and was currently in isolation with high fever, rendering her unable to go to the police station in person.

(Edited by Rohan Manoj)


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