A 10-second video clip of a journalist addressing her cameraperson while surrounded by farmers at Muzaffarnagar is being shared on social media. It has been claimed that she told the cameraperson ‘teach everyone quickly’, suggesting that she was ‘preparing’ them for what to say on camera. BJP spokesperson Suresh Nakhua shared the video with a Hindi caption that reads, “Fake media of so-called fake farmer leader, “Teach everyone quickly”. What do you have to teach, Deviji?”.

The video is viral on both Twitter and Facebook. It was tweeted by @iAnkurSingh.

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The video is from the ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ in Muzaffarnagar where protestors criticised and boycotted several mainstream media channels.

Fact-check

Upon listening to the audio in slow-motion, it is evident that the journalist said ‘Jaldi Jaldi Sab Kuch Dikha Dena’ (show everything quickly) and a few seconds later the camera pans out to show the large gathering of protestors. Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair had tweeted a slow-motion video.

The complete video on the journalist’s YouTube channel ‘The meera Vlogs’ shows that the cameraperson takes a panoramic shot of the protest. The relevant portion can be watched onward 5 minutes.

Replying to Suresh Nakhau’s original tweet, journalist Rahul Gautam also pointed out that she said ‘Jaldi Jaldi Sab Kuch Dikha Dena’. He further added that he was close to her during the shoot and “any media person can interpret her hand movements, asking her cameraperson to pan around.”

Hence the video was shared with the false claim that a journalist was ‘grooming’ farmers before taking their interview. Recently, a video of farmer leader and Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait uttering ‘Allah hu Akbar’ in the same Muzaffarnagar Mahapanchayat was also shared with a misleading narrative.

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