Outraged Indians on Twitter took to the social media platform to express their anger against the media over its biased reportage for a long time. The twitter storm that was scheduled at 5 pm saw a staggering 19,000 tweets carrying the #GodiMediaShutUp.
The Political community on Twitter has long been divided on the reportage of various media houses. While both sides acknowledge the media to be the fourth pillar of democracy, they are divided on their lineage and prejudices. Each side has accused media houses to be complacent of reporting misinformation that plays to a section of the community.
The phrase ‘Godi Media’ is often referred to as the media houses that is accused of being biased towards the ruling government and thereby being the propaganda machineries of the government. The outrage stems from the fact that most of the media houses found themselves to be ‘Islamaphobic’ and doing opinion-based journalism. The Godi Media jokes have been going on for a while on Twitter but the community chose today to voice their outrage.
A Twitter user spoke on the nomination of former Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi’s to Rajya Sabha by comparing it to the fate of the ‘loyal’ Judge Loya.
Calling out the apparent ‘Islamaphobia’ on the recent telecast of Zee News, a Twitter user condemned it to spread fake news and running a flow chart on ‘types of Jihad.’
A Twitter account that goes by the name @ModiNightmare put out an illustrated image showcasing the Islamaphobic nature of the media.
— मुकेश अम्बानी(नकली)??? (@ModiNightmare) March 19, 2020
There were some outright mocking tweets directed towards journalists.
— Zuber Memon (@AIMIMZuberMemon) March 19, 2020
Other users called out the hypocrisy celebrities who earlier criticized the Manmohan Singh government for the fall of rupee and now are silent over it.
— Hasan Sayed (@SayedHasanNaqvi) March 19, 2020
Here are other tweets:
— Bablu (@Bablu725020) March 19, 2020
— Mohammad Abuzar ™ ❁ (@AbuzarSpeaks) March 19, 2020
Earlier they divided you based on political ideology, then organisational ideology, now Religion, later it will region, status, community, caste, sub caste and job. We are being conveniently pushed over towards a era of no return by these so called National TVs#GodiMedia_ShutUp pic.twitter.com/bSML09SOWk
— HINDUSTANI (@Indianlion13) March 19, 2020
#GodiMedia_ShutUp#Modia is more dangerous than the #coronavirus, it has ruined the fourth pillar of democracy! All of us together have to save our India from this virus(#Modia)@MohdTariqIqbal1 @Zebaism @_sabanaqvi @khanumarfa @drshamamohd pic.twitter.com/ieQEWxn5kp
— Imran Ansari (@ImranAn73362515) March 19, 2020
#GodiMedia_ShutUp Godi Media responsible for:
-Building the image of a nincompoop despot
-Crearing communal hatred and accentuating religious fault lines
-Hiding real news, disseminating fake news
-Inciting violence and killing 53 people in Delhi alone
-Polluting the nation
— RKHuria (@rkhuria) March 19, 2020
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— عيان رسول (@SirAyaan) March 19, 2020
Instead stop watching these channels and educate your family no to see any news channels until 2020
Un-follow/remove the apps & pages of these media and spread that awareness across your networks
End of the day there is a 60+% sane voters still in India.
— VVV (@VijayVinceVahid) March 19, 2020
Last time when crude was $25 in 2002, petrol was Rs 30/-, today 70/- !! @PMOIndia @narendramodi and his cabinet should sit together, along with the #GodiMedia_ShutUp and watch all the news clips of 2002-2014, what all they said on various economic and national issues!! Shameless!
— Sreenivasan R (@sreenindia) March 18, 2020
— gokul_khedkar (@leotechgokul) March 19, 2020
"You can fix an economically bankrupt nation, but how do you fix an intellectually bankrupt nation"
❣️media is deviding us,but we multiplying
❣️Raise your voice otherwise media will shut down yours
❣️we believe in biased media as much as we belive in modi #GodiMedia_ShutUp
— MUHÂMMÂD Šufyan سفیان (@sufyaan_92) March 19, 2020
The media wars are not a new thing in India. With Social Media giving a medium for the common man to make his voice heard, the amplification of the polarization is huge. While the current generation of Indians recognizes the importance of media and its duties, the media is expected to live up to the standards of the foreign media which has always been a bar to measure journalism standards.