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US media ignored issue till Kerry call

india Updated: Dec 20, 2013 00:23 IST
HT Correspondent
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The issue that has sparked protests all over the country was actually ignored initially by the US media. It picked up the controversy almost a week late, mainly after secretary of state John Kerry called India to express his regret at the way Devyani Khobragade was treated.

It had been mostly ignored by major media outlets until then, with a few of them consigning the story to their online India sections, but not in print or on prime time news.

CNN had it up on its primetime news on Wednesday night.

The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal played it big in the main sections of their print edition on Thursday morning.

The Guardian was playing the story big on its homepage under the heading, “India to US: drop diplomat charges”. It ran a comment piece by an Indian writer living in London, Ritwik Deo, supporting the diplomat’s arrest, saying she is not the victim, the maid is.

Anger spills over

Kolkata/Hyderabad: Protests broke out in Kolkata and Hyderabad on Thursday against the arrest and subsequent ill-treatment of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York, even as the incident continued to draw criticism from parties across the political spectrum.

With India locked in a face-off with the US over the treatment meted out to Khobragade, Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam also spoke disapprovingly of the action by American law enforcement agencies. It was up to the government to decide on what steps should be taken, “but as an individual, it should not happen to our high officials,” he said.

CPI(M) and Congress cadres too organised marches to the American Centre in Kolkata.

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Washington: The issue that has sparked protests all over the country was actually ignored initially by the US media. It picked up the controversy almost a week late, mainly after secretary of state John Kerry called India to express his regret at the way Devyani Khobragade was treated.

It had been mostly ignored by major media outlets until then, with a few of them consigning the story to their online India sections, but not in print or on prime time news.

CNN had it up on its primetime news on Wednesday night.

The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal played it big in the main sections of their print edition on Thursday morning.

The Guardian was playing the story big on its homepage under the heading, “India to US: drop diplomat charges”. It ran a comment piece by an Indian writer living in London, Ritwik Deo, supporting the diplomat’s arrest, saying she is not the victim, the maid is.

Anger spills over

Kolkata/Hyderabad: Protests broke out in Kolkata and Hyderabad on Thursday against the arrest and subsequent ill-treatment of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York, even as the incident continued to draw criticism from parties across the political spectrum.

With India locked in a face-off with the US over the treatment meted out to Khobragade, Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam also spoke disapprovingly of the action by American law enforcement agencies. It was up to the government to decide on what steps should be taken, “but as an individual, it should not happen to our high officials,” he said.

CPI(M) and Congress cadres too organised marches to the American Centre in Kolkata.