Poonam Pandey, Sachin Tendulkar & Telegraph

There are many pertinent questions to be asked about the unbridled (and burgeoning) use of Facebook, Twitter and other social media as a source of news by newspapers and TV stations—not to mention websites like these.

One of those questions faces The Telegraph, Calcutta, which carried a picture* posted by the actor-stripper Poonam Pandey on her Twitter account (@iPoonampandey) in its tabloid t2 section on Monday.

In the picture*, Pandey—who threatened to pose nude if India won the cricket 2011 World Cup—stands naked with a photograph of “God” as an offering to Sachin Tendulkar, who scored his 100th hundred in Dhaka last week.

“Thinking what pic should I gift the “God of Cricket”…. This historic moment reminds me of an old pic which one of my fans had morphed…. this was the pic….”

The use of a tiny picture* in a city tabloid to celebrate the momentous occasion has resulted in a fullblown communal issue in Calcutta.

Wednesday’s Telegraph carried a front-page appeal by the chief minister, Mamata Banerjee.

“Some people are trying to stoke violence over a photograph published in a newspaper. I appeal to all members of the Hindu and Muslim commuities to steer clear of any provocation. The newspaper which carried the picture today tendered an apology.”

The Telegraph‘s apology, also carried on page one, read:

The Telegraph tenders an unconditional apology for reproducing a tweet by @iPoonpandey in Monday’s edition of t2. The publication was the result of a technical error. The Telegraph had no intention to hurt the sentiments of any community. We sincerely apologise for the hurt the publication of the tweet has caused.”


* photograph for representative purposes


  1. The same picture was also published in Hindustan Times. They have subsequently taken it down from their website.

  2. ashiqur

    Do i have the right to know what was the technical error faced by The Telegraph. It’s a serious issue and we have the right to know.

  3. Gaus

    it has became a common practice to intentionally publish such articles and then go for apology by the time paper already dOes a huge business . cheap models like Poonam pandey, sunny leone & most Cheapest the editor is the one who is the gainer and we idots fight among ourself.The editor should b imediately sacked rather just an apology.
    otherwise wait for even worse !!

  4. sourinee

    The newspaper which publishes such a photograph deserves to be taken off the stands. No apology is acceptable for such an “error” since this was definitely not an error.

  5. Seuli

    how can this be a technical error????

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