India TV apologises for image mix up

Published: February 26, 2013

India TV broadcasts photo of deceased member of Sindh Assembly Manzar Imam for suspect in Hyderabad blasts.

Indian television channel India TV has apologised for inadvertently using the photo of slain Sindh MPA Manzar Imam, Express News reported.

Express News reported early on Tuesday morning that India TV, who used the image of MPA Manzar Imam, mistaking it for an alleged Indian Mujahideen member of the same name and believed to be involved in the Hyderabad twin blasts last week.

Earlier on Monday, Interior Minister Rehman Malik had admonished the television channel for using the image of the former MQM MPA. Malik had then demanded that the channel apologise to Pakistan for wrongly using the image.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Prabhat Pal
    Feb 26, 2013 - 1:58AM

    This channel is the single biggest embarrassment to India and journalism in general, even before this incident happened. Every effort should be made to bankrupt this corporate concubine of a news outlet.

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  • Rameen
    Feb 26, 2013 - 2:48AM

    That’s quite disturbing that in what capacity and how interior minister of country is handling a mistake by a private channel of other country. Why he wants to involve already furious governments in disputes.This issue should be taken by Foreign or Information minister or any spokesperson if needed. Otherwise, Pakistani private channel can handle this issue. Wherever he goes and whatever he talks always invites troublesome for the country. How pathetic for a poor nation that we have such leaders who flourish only ‘fitna’.

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  • Malik
    Feb 26, 2013 - 2:50AM

    Lol ..reality of India media, always up to something completely insane and unethical with clear animosity against Pakistan … grow up, please and play a role bring these countries together instead of creating more tensions ..

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  • Bhatti
    Feb 26, 2013 - 2:53AM

    Yayyyyyy! Apology!!!

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  • pak_liberal
    Feb 26, 2013 - 4:09AM

    They thought that Manzar Imam pictures would be available on Google. LOL!!

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  • Arindom
    Feb 26, 2013 - 4:39AM

    Ha! Funny how the No.3 person in the Pakistani Government is getting all excited and demanding an apologies from a 3rd rate TV channel in India….

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  • Ayesha Bhaalay
    Feb 26, 2013 - 4:50AM

    This changes everything. Again.

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  • OBL
    Feb 26, 2013 - 5:23AM

    WIll Pakistan now please appoligise the world harboring OBL.

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  • True Indian
    Feb 26, 2013 - 6:47AM

    Its good that India TV apologised….It was their mistake and they owed an apology even if the one seeking an apology doesnt deserve any kind of apology….

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  • Adil Uddin
    Feb 26, 2013 - 7:08AM

    @Arindom:

    We can call India TV a 3rd rate and funny channel,but what about Times Now? I guess it’s owned by Times Of India,isn’t it?Remember how they showed pictures of five alleged terrorists who were roaming in Mumbai but in reality none of them had even been to India and showed up on Pakistani TV channels.

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  • Feb 26, 2013 - 8:49AM

    @OBL: You have an explosive point there that will hover our heads for a very long time.

    The TV channel must it a habit to check the verity and authenticity of a news item before telecasting it. Surely, they do not believe in hearsay. Salams.

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  • Indian Wisdom
    Feb 26, 2013 - 9:20AM

    India TV is a big joke. No one takes it seriously even in India….
    I wonder why Interior Minister of Pakistan deemed it fit to comment on blunder of India TV as India TV is in itself the biggest blunder in Indian Media……

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  • lums123
    Feb 26, 2013 - 9:26AM

    perhaps the tv channel just heard the name of suspect and googled his name, and yep! they the picture. How amateur are the terrorists nowadays that they have their detailed profiles on internet.

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Feb 26, 2013 - 9:31AM

    yesterday ET only said it was Indian media. but, now I know it’s India TV and I am not embarrassed anymore!

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  • Khalid
    Feb 26, 2013 - 9:46AM

    @ OBL… Why should Pakistan seek apology…has OBL been ever tried and convicted in any court of Law…. ???????

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  • waqar
    Feb 26, 2013 - 9:50AM

    Guys, this is not done by mistake. This is the way indian media usually works. So don’t get surprised. Indian media has developed that culture inside india to involve pakistan in any possible or impossible matter.

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  • afzal
    Feb 26, 2013 - 10:42AM

    Quality of Information provided by Indian media is highly questionable. And I think Rehman Malik stand to provide more evidences Hafiz and other is valid.Recommend

  • Feb 26, 2013 - 12:39PM

    India tv, is one of the out dated news channel… Ban this channel. Even we dont lyke.

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  • OBL
    Feb 26, 2013 - 2:51PM

    @Khalid:
    Was Manzar Imam ever tried and convicted? OBL was wanted by UN where Pakistan is also a member. So yeas, OBL was convicted. Apology now?

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  • Grow UP
    Mar 8, 2013 - 3:04PM

    Well, how much free time the person had that he was watching India TV. I guess Pakistan must had good media & TV channels but i guess they aren’t as entertaining as India TV. Although the act wasn’t intellegent as the noise of revolt lowered its importance , for this thanks to pakistani media.If he would have quitely complained in the ambessy the channel would have been badly impacted for hampering image of a political citizen, Also if the channel would have apologized for an unheard crime the impact on people have been totally different or they might have taken this insult seriously

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  • Be a mature
    Mar 8, 2013 - 3:21PM

    It’s actually fun to know that a chief person of some country has so much time that he watches India TV. May be movies and other channels on TV aren’t as entertaining as India TV. Lolz. It looks to me like an immature and unintelligent step. The noise of the act actually drooped the importance and seriousness of the issue well thanks to pakistani media for this. Well he could have silently complained in the ambessy and in that case it would have badly hit the channel and the apology which they would have made for hampering the image of a political citizen of some nation would have been taken seriously by the people. The irresponsiblity of channel would have been on papers and yes it would have made a great impact. But after so much of noise people will only say Oh! it was India TV as the channel was considerd to be entertainment channel and not a news channel by Indians. I request people that in any such issues please take an intellegent step not the repulsive bombing coz 20 people might have heard it on India TV while in the shout of seeking apology he has insulted himself in fornt on 2 billion spectatorsRecommend

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