New York Times Journalist Maria Abi- Habib who wrote a detailed story on the military strength of India has said that even the Jihadis of the Midddle East were not as relentless as Twitter users of India.
Habib who is a South Asia correspondent of New York Times , based in Delhi has been subject to abuse from Twitter users of India for her story.
In her story titled ‘After India loses dogfight to Pakistan Questions arise about its vinatge military’ Maria argues that “If intense warfare broke out tomorrow, India could supply its troops with only 10 days of ammunition, according to government estimates. And 68 percent of the army’s equipment is so old, it is officially considered “vintage.”
“While the challenges faced by the India’s armed forces are no secret, its loss of a plane last week to a country whose military is about half the size and receives a quarter of the funding was still telling.” She observes.
Following the story, Habib has been subject to unprecedented trolling, prompting her to take to her Twitter handle to express outrage of the Twitterati at the level of trolling she was subjected to,“I thought I knew trolling and then … there was India twitter. Good grief, even the jihadis of the Middle East were not this relentless when us reporters exposed ISIS atrocities.” She tweeted.
Foreign journalists covering India have been subject to serious trolling and abuse for their journalism.
In 2015 Al-Jazeera Journalist Mehdi Hasan was abused on social media sites following his interview of BJP leader, Ram Madhav.
Hasan later wrote a detailed piece on what he termed as angry antics of Bhakt army.