Tamil Nadu Minister reacts to audio tape sharing information on MK Stalin, calls it ‘fabricated’
Tamil Nadu Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan (PTR) on Saturday responded to an audio tape released by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claiming that he spoke to a journalist about alleged corruption within the DMK party. Terming the audio clip as ‘faulty, fabricated’, he said that anyone can create such fake audio clips with the help of technology.
An alleged audio of DMK president MK Stalin’s son Udhayanidhi and the minister sharing secrets with Sabresan was shared by Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai on his official Twitter handle. PTR has attached screenshots of the analysis of the audio clip from the forensic department. He has claimed these audio clips to be fake.
In a two-page letter, PTR wrote how ‘one’s values should change because of one’s role in power or opposition.’
“I am compelled to react at this juncture because a social media post has now been recirculated to tragic proportions,” he said in the statement.
He further concluded by stating, “With the ability to create fabricated and/or machine-generated clips using advanced technology that is readily accessible, we will see more audio and video clips in the coming days and months.” Wouldn’t be surprised to see. Bad stuff.”
Taking a dig at Annamalai, he said he urged politicians to make allegations based on first-hand reports. “I urge responsible politicians, and the traditional media that should act as guardians of democracy, to make allegations only with first-hand information, or at least with verified and verifiable information from credible and reliable sources. The traction gained by rebroadcasting publicly discredited third-hand click-bait may well take care of the financial viability of online platforms, but it undermines the stature of traditional media in a democracy.”
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