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Minorities Commission issues notice to The Pioneer for calling Zakir Naik “Salafist Terror Preacher"

The Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) has asked the Editor of the Pioneer to reply by 11 February

Tuesday January 29, 2019 4:07 PM, ummid.com News Network

Zakir Naik

New Delhi: The Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) has sent a notice to The Pioneer asking the newspaper to explain how it has arrived at the conclusion that Dr. Zakir Naik is a “Salafist terror preacher”.

The Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) in its notice also said that Dr Zakir Naik is an accused in a money-laundering case and not a "terror accused" as claimed by the newspaper.

The Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) notice is issued to The Peioneer regarding a report the newspaper published regarding the Enforcement Directorate seizing some properties of Dr. Zakir Naik in the alleged money-laundering case.

The news, based on a PTI report, was published by newspapers and electronic media describing Dr. Zakir Naik as a “controversial preacher” but The Pioneer, while publishing the same news in its front page on 20 January, 2019, described him a “Salafist terror preacher”.

Taking sou motu cognisance of this, the Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) issued the notice to The Peioneer terming its report a gross misuse of media freedom to defame a person who is still an accused and no court verdict has been passed in the case.

"The said preacher is at best an accused in a case of money-laundering and not terror funding or preaching", the Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) said.

The Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) notice further said, “If this a mistake by an overzealous editor of the page, you should print a clarification in a prominent place saying that Dr Zakir Naik is only an accused in a money-laundering case, and supply a copy of the same to this Commission.”

The Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) has asked the Editor of the Pioneer to reply by 11 February.

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