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|Founder(s)||Jawaharlal Darda, presently managed by Vijay J. Darda and Rajendra Darda|
|Publisher||Lokmat Media Limited|
|Editor-in-chief||Vijay J. Darda|
|Founded||December 15, 1971|
|Headquarters||Lokmat Media Ltd, 1301/2, Lodha Supremus, Dr. E. Moses Rd, Worli Circle, Mumbai - 400 018|
|Circulation||(as of Jul - Dec 2015)|
|Readership||18 million readers (Total readership, IRS 2017) |
Lokmat (literally 'People's Opinion') is a Marathi language newspaper published from Mumbai, and several other cities in Maharashtra state. Founded in 1971 by Jawaharlal Darda, it is the largest read regional language newspaper in India with more than 18 million readers (Total Readership, IRS 2017) and the No. 1 Marathi newspaper in Maharashtra & Goa states.
Entry into the broadcast sector
Lokmat extended its media business to television through a 50-50 joint venture with IBN18 Broadcast Limited (“ibn18”). The joint venture company, IBN-Lokmat Private Limited (“IBNL”), operates IBN-Lokmat, a 24 x 7 Marathi news and current affairs television channel which went on air on April 6, 2008.
2015 ISIS cartoon controversy
In 2015, a cartoon published alongside the article "ISIS cha Paisa" (ISIS' money), regarding the funding pattern of terrorist group ISIS, led to violent protests from Muslim groups and attacks on the newspaper's offices in Jalgaon, Dhule, Nandurbar, Malegaon and other locations across Maharashtra. Protestors deemed the cartoon to be "blasphemous". Several complaints were filed with the police regarding the cartoon, and subsequently, an FIR was lodged against the owners, the cartoonist and the editor. The newspaper later published an apology. One of the protests was led by Congress MLA from Malegaon Shaikh Asif Shaikh Rashid. Police stated that they had increased security at all Lokmat offices across Maharashtra following the attacks.
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