Ordeal by Fire in the Killing Fields of Gujarat
Editors Guild of India Fact-Finding Mission Report
The Gujarat Samachar Story
The owner-editors of the Gujarat Samachar, Mr Shreyans Shah and Mr Bahubali Shah were generally reticent but said their competition with Sandesh had in no way compromised journalistic standards. “I never publish news keeping circulation in mind; the paper’s policy is to promote communal harmony, Mr Shreyans Shah asserted. However, there had been a rise in circulation of about 50,000 to 60,000 copies, “though these things do not last”.
An article in the Samachar had implied that Ehsan Jafri, who was brutally slain, “got what he deserved”. Queried on this, Mr Bahubali Shah said he stood by what the paper had written.
Both Shahs said there was inadequate official information during the first weeks of the riots.