Finally the Milli Gazette printed from Okhla has closed its print edition after seventeen years.
Is it bad news for ‘Muslim’ media?
Owner and publisher of the fortnightly English Zafarul-Islam Khan wrote:
“Finally, it’s time to say Khuda Hafiz…
“Seventeen years is a long time in the life of people and institutions. The Milli Gazette, started in January 2000, kept appearing without fail during these past seventeen years. Thrice we seriously thought of closing it down during this long period due to continued financial losses. The last time was when we wrote a note in this space in our issue number 401 (1-15 October 2016) when we said, this is “not an easy decision…
“Paucity of material resources in an environment of ever-rising costs, my own advancing age and bad health as well as my eagerness to finish some books before the last call comes, are basically responsible for this reluctant decision.
“We were ready to continue to bear the financial burden should we find a suitable journalist with a minimum of print journalism experience and satisfactory knowledge of the Indian Muslim community issues. Despite many advertisements, we failed to find a suitable replacement.
“Hence, this issue will be the last print edition of the Milli Gazette. However, our website, facebook page and twitter account will continue. In fact, our website will receive more attention now…We will also remain in touch with you through our extensive e-newsletter service.”
So the solace for the Milli Gazette readers is that it will be available online.
At a time when online portals run by Muslims have mushroomed most of them just rehashing news it would be interesting to see how MG makes its mark as it already has a very powerful presence on the social media.