The Milli Gazette
16-31May2010-FrontPage MilliGazette.jpg
May 2010 Second Fortnight Front Page of The Milli Gazette
TypeOnline Newspaper, previously a Fortnightly newspaper
Owner(s)Pharos Group
PublisherPharos Media
Editor-in-chiefZafarul Islam Khan
FoundedJanuary 2000
LanguageEnglish
HeadquartersNew Delhi, India
ISSN0972-3366
OCLC number54467165
Websitewww.milligazette.com

The Milli Gazette is an Indian English language digital news publication (formerly a fortnightly compact newspaper) based in Delhi. Founded in January 2000, the publication describes itself as the Indian Muslims' Leading News Source.[1] In 2008, it started its e-paper publication.[2]

The Guardian, a British daily while quoting Gazette editor, Zafarul Islam Khan, described the Milli Gazette as "a newspaper widely read among India's 140m Muslims"[3] and "an influential newspaper for Indian Muslims."'[4] The Diplomat and The Citizen described the publication as the first English language Muslim newspaper of India.[5][6]

With its 1–15 January 2010 edition, Milli Gazette completed its 10th year in publication.[7] In 2011, Indian Express reported that the Milli Gazette is frequently cited by media houses on stories related to Indian Muslims.[8]

Closure of print publication

In March 2016, the paper published a story titled We don’t recruit Muslims: AYUSH Ministry by journalist Pushp Sharma. The story – based on replies to RTI queries sent to the Ministry of Ayush pertaining to recruitment of Muslim yoga teachers and trainers – alleged that the Ministry did not recruit Muslims "as per government policy". The ministry sent a letter to the Kotla Mubarakpur police station seeking an FIR against Sharma and the newspaper. In May 2016 the paper was issued a show-cause notice based on a complaint by Sharma alleging the publication of misinformation. Sharma denied filing such a complaint. The show-cause notice was withdrawn in 2019 – three years after filing. Editor Zafarul Islam Khan says that this “fiasco” accompanied by financial troubles led to the closure of the print publication at the end of 2016, retaining only its digital version.[9][10]

Speaking to The Caravan about the stigma of having a primarily Muslim audience, Khan said "The Hindu community and Hindu businessmen did not advertise with us at all" and that the Muslims who are in a position to advertise did not do so because of the fear of being persecuted by authorities.[11]

Notable contributors

References

  1. ^ MilliGazette.com
  2. ^ Indian Muslim media of 2008 TwoCircles.net, 02-11-2009, Retrieved 10-06-2010
  3. ^ Ramesh, Randeep (27 November 2007). "Bangladeshi writer goes into hiding". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  4. ^ Ramesh, Randeep (10 February 2008). "Leading Indians campaign for exiled writer". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  5. ^ Jennings, Suzanne (22 June 2015). "Let's Celebrate Yoga Without Religion". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  6. ^ Diplomat, Sanjay Kumar, The (8 October 2015). "Murdered Over Beef? Muslims Are Under Siege in India". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  7. ^ Milli Gazette: Ten years of a community newspaper TwoCircles.net, 03-02-2010, Retrieved 10-06-2010
  8. ^ Irena Akbar (15 December 2011). "Should Milli Gazette be allowed to die? - Indian Express". archive.indianexpress.com. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  9. ^ Sarkar, Gaurav (14 February 2019). "The curious case of 'The Milli Gazette'". Newslaundry. Archived from the original on 1 October 2020. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  10. ^ Sharma, Pushp (11 March 2016). ""We don't recruit Muslims": Modi govt's Ayush Ministry". The Milli Gazette — Indian Muslims Leading News Source. Archived from the original on 26 October 2020. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  11. ^ Azam, Shireen (1 December 2020). "Why the Hindu nationalist Jagran group runs the Urdu daily Inquilab". The Caravan. Retrieved 23 January 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)