Hours after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched a scathing attack on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) over Delhi’s education model getting mentioned in The New York Times (NYT), the daily on Friday clarified saying it was not a paid promotion. The newspaper stated that the mention was a result of independent and impartial “on-the-ground reporting.”
The New York Times stated: “To confirm, the article on the front page of the international edition of The New York Times is news coverage, not an advertisement or paid for in any way.” The statement further added: “Our report about efforts to improve Delhi’s education system is based on impartial, on-the-ground reporting, and education is an issue that The New York Times has covered over many years. Journalism from The New York Times is always independent, free from political or advertiser influence. Other news outlets routinely license and republish our coverage.”
The statement came shortly after Malviya took to Twitter to point out the stark similarity in the mention of Delhi’s education model in two international newspapers. He shared, “How is it that NYT and Khaleej Times carry exactly the same article, word by word, authored by the same person, same pictures (that too of a private school) on Delhi’s non-existent education model? Arvind Kejriwal’s best defence is nothing but paid promotion.”
This comes on a day the Central Bureau of Investigation, or CBI raided the home of Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in connection with the new liquor policy. The policy, brought in by his party’s government in the national capital, led to allegations of corruption and was later reversed. 20 locations were searched by CBI officials across the national capital region and six states.