On January 6, less than a day after Raghav Bahl’s The Quint published a story titled ‘Two Former RAW Chiefs Did Not Want Kulbhushan Jadhav Recruited As A Spy’, the news portal has retracted its article.
The new headline of the story currently states ‘The Quint is Rechecking the Kulbhushan Jadhav Story’.
The story, which shows engagement of 51.7k, has now been reduced to a one-minute read. The text contains a one-line statement by the news portal which states that the story has been retracted as some of the information mentioned in the article is being rechecked. However, no explanation has been offered as to why the piece was retracted.
Twitterati, including journalists, have not taken kindly to the story. While some have called the story “irresponsible journalism” , others have questioned the reasoning behind the publication of such a story.
Responding to Sandip Ghose on Twitter, who questioned the use of unnamed sources in a sensitive story, The Quint’s Opinion editor and author of the story Chandan Nandy said the world of journalists survives on trusted sources.