Outlook’s ‘Missing’ editor gets the sack after spate of anti-Modi govt stories
Hours after informing his colleagues that he was back at work from a month-long leave and “raring to go”, Ruben Banerjee, the Group Editor of Outlook Publications, was, on Wednesday, terminated from service. Banerjee had gone on a month-long leave from August 11.
There had been rumours of a rift between Banerjee and the group’s management, particularly its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Indranil Roy, on the editorial direction that various Outlook publications must take and also on trimming down of the 25-year-old organisation’s staff across the board.
Two recent cover stories published by the group’s flagship publication, the English weekly, Outlook, which had critiqued the Narendra Modi government’s handling of the COVID pandemic (Cover title: ‘Missing’), the misuse of anti-terror laws across the country (Cover title: Stop Tyranny of Terror Laws) and the recent Pegasus snooping row had, reportedly, led to increased interference in the magazine’s editorial calls by the management, claimed journalists privy to the developments….