#ModiFail campaign mentioned in the media 175 times

The media actively covered the #ModiFail campaign, the September 27 protest, and the Zuck Wash Your Hands! campaign. The Indian media was pressured not to cover the story. For example, Indian readers noticed that FirstPost deleted their own news story about Zuck, Wash Your Hands (you can read a copy of the censored story over at MSN News). Despite that, AJA’s work saw wide coverage in the US, India, and internationally, including The Hindu, The Times of India, BBC, Al Jazeera, the Washington Post, as well as on TwitterBuzzfeed, Scoopwhoop, and beyond

Some of the media coverage we’ve seen:

  1. 10tv.in
  2. abbtakk.tv
  3. abhinavanandtv.com
  4. abplive.in
  5. ajplus.net
  6. akilanews.com
  7. allindiaroundup.com
  8. americanbazaaronline.com
  9. andhraheadlines.com
  10. andhraheadlines.com
  11. apnewscorner.com
  12. arynews.tv
  13. asianage.com
  14. aswamedham.com
  15. backoffindia.org
  16. bbc.com
  17. bbc.com
  18. bignewslive.com
  19. bilkulonline.com
  20. bloomberg.com
  21. breitbart.com
  22. business-standard.com
  23. businessinsider.in
  24. buzzfeed.com
  25. catchnews.com
  26. chitralekha.com
  27. counterview.net
  28. daily.bhaskar.com
  29. daily.bhaskar.com
  30. dailyexcelsior.com
  31. dailysikhupdates.com
  32. dailytimes.com.pk
  33. deccanchronicle.com
  34. deccanreport.com
  35. deepika.com
  36. democracynow.org
  37. deshebideshe.com
  38. divyabhaskar.co.in
  39. dnaindia.com
  40. dnaindia.com
  41. dnaindia.com
  42. dontgetserious.com
  43. dunyanews.tv
  44. eastcoastdaily.com
  45. economictimes.indiatimes.com
  46. economictimes.indiatimes.com
  47. economictimes.indiatimes.com
  48. errabus.com
  49. evartha.in
  50. firstpost.com
  51. firstpost.com
  52. forexreportdaily.com
  53. freepressjournal.in
  54. ft.com
  55. ganashakti.com
  56. gujaratsamachar.com
  57. gulfnews.com
  58. gulte.com
  59. hastakshep.com
  60. homegrown.co.in
  61. huewire.com
  62. huffingtonpost.in
  63. hyphenmagazine.com
  64. ibnlive.com
  65. ibtimes.co.in
  66. india.com
  67. indiaabroad-digital.com
  68. indianamericantimes.com
  69. indianexpress.com
  70. indianexpress.com
  71. indiapost.com
  72. indiaresists.com
  73. indiatimes.com
  74. indiatoday.intoday.in
  75. indiatoday.intoday.in
  76. indiatomorrow.net
  77. indiatomorrow.net
  78. indiawest.com
  79. indiawest.com
  80. indybay.org
  81. indybay.org
  82. ippodhu.com
  83. ipresspage.com
  84. kairalinewsonline.com
  85. kairalinewsonline.com
  86. kalaraw.com
  87. kqed.org
  88. kractivist.org
  89. kractivist.org
  90. kractivist.org
  91. kractivist.org
  92. kvartha.com
  93. latimes.com
  94. madeintg.com
  95. manoramaonline.com
  96. manoramaonline.com
  97. manoramaonline.com
  98. mediaonetv.in
  99. mediaonetv.in
  100. mediaworld.co.in
  101. mercurynews.com
  102. mercurynews.com
  103. mercurynews.com
  104. mercurynews.com
  105. metroindia.com
  106. metroindia.com
  107. mindthenews.com
  108. moneycontrol.com
  109. msn.com
  110. msn.com
  111. msn.com
  112. munsif.tv
  113. muslimmirror.com
  114. muslimmirror.com
  115. navbharattimes.indiatimes.com
  116. nbcnews.com
  117. ne24.in
  118. newamericamedia.org
  119. newindianexpress.com
  120. newsindiatimes.com
  121. newskarnataka.com
  122. newsmobile.in
  123. newsworldindia.in
  124. niticentral.com
  125. nqapia.org
  126. ntvbd.com
  127. opinion-internationale.com
  128. ourhindustan.com
  129. pando.com
  130. parhlo.com
  131. ptinews.com
  132. rediff.com
  133. sachkhabar.com
  134. sandesh.com
  135. sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com
  136. sanjose.com
  137. scoopwhoop.com
  138. scoopwhoop.com
  139. scroll.in
  140. scroll.in
  141. seeandsay.in
  142. setopati.com
  143. siasat.com
  144. sify.com
  145. sikh24.com
  146. sikhsiyasat.net
  147. southlive.in
  148. soychile.cl
  149. telegraphindia.com
  150. telugu.oneindia.com
  151. teluguwishesh.com
  152. thecitizen.in
  153. thehindu.com
  154. thehindu.com
  155. theindianbreeze.com
  156. thelittlenews.com
  157. thenewstribe.com
  158. thestatesman.com
  159. theweek.in
  160. timesofindia.com
  161. topyaps.com
  162. tribune.com.pk
  163. tribune.com.pk
  164. tupaki.com
  165. twocircles.net
  166. twocircles.net
  167. udayavani.com
  168. vinavu.com
  169. vinavu.com
  170. viralglitz.com
  171. washingtonpost.com
  172. younews.in
  173. youthconnect.in
  174. youthconnect.in
  175. zeenews.india.com
  176. zemtv.com

Everything you need to know about today’s protests against Modi

1. Who are we, and what do we stand for?

We are the Alliance for Justice and Accountability (AJA). On September 27, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, will be hosted at SAP Center in San Jose, California as part of a global PR campaign to whitewash the controversial right-wing politician’s dismal record. People from across California will be joining our coalition at the event in safe permitted free speech areas, to tell the other side of the story.

Dissent is under attack in India, which is why we speak out in the United States. We stand up for India’s religious minorities, women, LGBTQ people, historically marginalized castes, Dalits and adivasis — as well as everyone who loves a safe and clean environment, civil rights, free speech, net neutrality, online privacy and security, and the right to openly debate and disagree. (Expect to see other groups protesting, in addition to members of the AJA coalition.)

2. Why did we send 250+ bottles of hand sanitizer to Facebook’s CEO?

3. Why is Silicon Valley full of billboards critiquing Modi’s policies?

4. Follow us on social media

5. For the media

  • We invite media to join us at the protest on Sunday, September 27 at 3:30 PM Pacific Time
  • Contact us, and someone will get back to you ASAP

7 photos of #ModiFail billboards around the San Francisco Bay Area

Over the past week, billboards on major San Francisco Bay Area freeways have been educating traffic-weary commuters on the real record of Indian PM Narendra Modi.

While his jet-setting ways are being used to project an image of modernity and change the public perception, the billboards shed light on the truth: Narendra Modi is and has been, a gross violator of human rights and India’s democratic ideals.


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#ModiFail billboards educate Silicon Valley on Modi’s human rights record

As part of the #ModiFail campaign, the Alliance for Justice and Accountability (AJA) is using billboards to raise public awareness about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his administration’s attacks on personal freedoms and human rights in India. AJA hopes this series of billboards in the San Francisco Bay Area will inform the American people that Modi’s upcoming Silicon Valley PR tour is being used as an excuse to whitewash his dismal record as Prime Minister, and before that, Chief Minister of Gujarat.

The billboards are visible from I-580 in Oakland, I-280 in Daly City, Highway 92 in Hayward, Highway 84 in Newark, I-880 in Newark, I-880 in Milpitas, and Highway 101 in Santa Clara.

The billboard highlights ModiFail.com, the AJA’s online report card highlighting the facts behind some of Narendra Modi’s most egregious failures during his 16 months in office as Prime Minister.

India’s celebrated values of pluralism and tolerance are under severe attack since Mr. Modi assumed office as Prime Minister. According to the Modi government’s sources, attacks against religious minorities are up 25% since last year. His own ministers are engaged in a malicious hate campaign against Christians and Muslims.

Narendra Modi speaks eloquently of Digital India, but individuals posting comments against Modi or his peers on Facebook, WhatsApp, and other social media sites have repeatedly faced arrest; when the Indian Supreme Court struck down the hated “Facebook arrest” law, the Modi government expressed interest in passing replacement censorship legislation to skirt the ban. The Modi government has been particularly vicious in its attacks on free speech, as it increasingly equates dissent, even in the form of social media posts, with sedition and “waging war against the state.”

The Alliance for Justice and Accountability (AJA) is a diverse coalition led by progressive Indian American communities. AJA members work for pluralism, civil rights, religious freedom, women’s rights, LGBTQ equality, and environmental justice in India and beyond.

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#ModiFail billboard on I-880 in Milpitas, CA

LA Times story on Narendra Modi censored on Facebook

LA Times journalist Shashank Bengali writes a variety of stories on South Asia, including a very positive recent article on Prime Minister Modi’s upcoming trip to Silicon Valley. But when he published a new story critical of the Modi administration, his story was targeted for online censorship.

His new Los Angeles Times story, “India police officers feel targeted for offering evidence against prime minister”, is a damning look at the attacks faced by whistleblowers against Narendra Modi:

“One police official saw his promising career flatline and was dogged by minor misconduct charges until he took early retirement this year. Another endured a long suspension before being fired last month, but not before a sex video surfaced that purported to show him with a mistress. (Apart from the receding hairline and healthy mustache, his wife said, he looked nothing like the man on screen.) A third faces a possible inquiry into decade-old charges of disclosing sensitive information. It could cost him his pension. The three former officials say they have been targeted for offering evidence potentially damaging to India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, in a protracted investigation into one of India’s worst bouts of religious violence in recent decades.” (source)

But when you try to share the story on Facebook, it gets flagged as unsafe content, forcing the user to complete a CAPTCHA:

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Screenshot of an attempt at sharing the exposé on Modi on Facebook


But it’s even harder to click on the story. When you try to click on a link to the story, Facebook tries to warn users that this may be dangerous:

Facebook click on LA Times story
Screenshot of an attempt at clicking on the exposé on Modi on Facebook

This censorship on Facebook may be the result of Narendra Modi partisans — either paid or unpaid — repeatedly clicking “report as spam/virus” on the story, forcing Facebook’s algorithms to treat it as dangerous content.

It’s outrageous for Facebook to be used a tool of censorship to bolster Narendra Modi’s PR, preventing American readers from reading an American newspaper article via an American social network.

Try sharing the link http://latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-india-modi-whistleblower-20150920-story.html for yourself to see if this is still happening.