Senior journalist Ravish Kumar is once again in the cross hairs of fake news purveyors. After news poured in that Christian Michel, the ‘middleman’ in the Agusta Westland chopper scam had been extradited from the UAE, a video clip of Ravish Kumar began circulating on social media with the claim that Kumar has reported just the opposite.

The above tweet which was posted in the evening of December 5 has garnered over 4500 likes and over 2500 retweets. Several other handles too have posted this clip, in which Ravish Kumar is saying, “My colleagues Nidhi Razdan and Nita Sharma have reported Wednesday evening that the Dubai court has not given any order/directive for extraditing Christian Michel to India. The court had simply made an observation which was not even related to Michel. But on Tuesday, many reporters, referring to sources broke this news and conducted debates…” (translation).

The above clip is circulating on Facebook as well, where it has been posted by a page PMO India Report Card.

निष्पक्ष पत्रकार रविश कुमार क्रिस्चियन मिशेल को भारत भेजने की यूएई की अदालत के आदेश से काफी दुखी थे (चेहरे पर दुख पूरा झलक रहा है) और उनको तो विश्वास भी नहीं हुआ था, यहां तक कि उन्होंने तो इस खबर को झूठ साबित करने की कोशिश तक की थी, जबकि बाकी सारे पत्रकारों ने इस खबर की पुष्टि कर दी थी।

Posted by PMO India : Report Card on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Other pages which have posted it include The Frustrated IndianTheSatire.in, Bharat: An Untold Story, and Farrago Against Paid Media.

Individual users on Facebook have shared it as well, ridiculing Ravish Kumar for his ‘reporting’ of the extradition.

Old report broadcast in September 2018

The video clip of Ravish Kumar circulating on social media is NOT a recent report following the extradition of Christian Michel. Alt News found that it was broadcast on the prime time show on NDTV India on September 19, 2018. The video of the same is available on YouTube and is posted below.

In the above video, the portion from 0:41 to 1:27 corresponds to the 45-second video clip which has been circulated. Moreover, Ravish Kumar’s reference to Nidhi Razdan reporting that the UAE court has passed no order for extradition is corroborated by a tweet of Razdan dated September 19, 2018, the same day as the broadcast. In her tweet, Razdan reiterates that there is no court order to extradite Michel.

The same had been reported by ANI and Times of India on September 19, 2018. Meanwhile, the latest report of NDTV India on Christian Michel’s extradition can be accessed here.

Ravish Kumar is an incessant target on social media, mostly through the use of fake, outrageous quotes but also occasionally through rumours.

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Nanman
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Stop Ravish Ji, u have cross the limit. You are not party representative, but you representative of ZEE NEWS. We know all the fact news. Your channel always publish the news against Congress and always praise BJP leader. Maintain the decorum of media personality or traits. Highlight fact and right mews.

Asis Kumar Datta
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Asis Kumar Datta

No individual has the right to threaten the other expressing his/ her view freely. ” Cross the limit” — dangerous tone.

Ramraja
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Ramraja

Actually He is not from Zee news but NDTV and does not support BJP And He said right in the video . You should refer to times of India 20 SEP . Even they published same news

Logical India
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Logical India

Bhakts are paid to write whatever comes to their mind as their dim intelligence prevents them from thinking right, nothing better can be expected, suits them to be BJP follower.

Winks
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Winks

Why would he have to do so? All you corrupt liars are together in this, one with the other, liar supports liar from L/W journalism.

VAnand
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VAnand

Many heads will roll once all the confessions come out.Bribed Journalists will think ten times before spreading fake news.

Rakesh Agrawal
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Rakesh Agrawal

Ravish is one of the very few TV journalists who raises up issues, matter to people, like health, education and jobs, on fronts, this govt is a total failure. Hence, shameless and soul-less sanghis & bhakts are after him!