The Dispatch: About, Policies and Standards

About The Dispatch

The Dispatch [registered URLs: and] is an independent news, knowledge, research and publications media platform based out of Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India, and led by Zafar Choudhary, an award-winning journalist and author. An alumnus of the London School of Economics and author of some notable books and monographs on Jammu and Kashmir affairs, Zafar Choudhary has been a reporter and editor for two decades. A truly diverse media house, The Dispatch brings to its readers cutting edge reportage, analysis and opinion on culture, politics, economy, governance and national security. Some of the most talented and experienced journalists of the region make The Dispatch a content rich news organisation while some of the well known names from the thinking community in India and abroad contribute opinion and analysis pieces. The Dispatch takes pride in its objectivity and research paraphernalia as it presents to its readers the news and analysis with seriousness of newspaper and speed of television.

Fact-Checking Policy

The Dispatch follows a very strict fact checking policy involving both ante hoc and post hoc verification of content. For some of the specialized content, such as research pieces appearing in ‘Research and Analysis’ section, we often solicit external fact checking by a panel of subject matter experts. While our effort is always to eliminate any potential errors in any form of content through ante hoc fact checking, the post hoc authentication also remains a continuous process. We use set of tools to rule out any possibility of errors while using videos and photographs. The Dispatch staff also keeps on referring any suspicious content, particularly videos, audios and photographs, to external fact checking agencies.

Ethics Policy

At The Dispatch what makes the core of our ethics is responsible journalism and first commitment to our readers and to tell the truth as nearly as possible. Within our management and newsroom staff we follow strict principles of disclosures to avoid any potential conflicts of interest in our reportage. In our opinion sections we offer opportunity to all ideological frameworks and points of view with no discrimination while we keep news and investigation completely free from opinion. Our cultural reporting is based on fundamental principles of respect to all cultures and languages with a particular focus on underreported communities and regions. In the process of chasing news we respect our sources and protect their identities wherever required. All facts and statements are fairly attributed in best interest of the readers. We have no affiliation with any political party or pressure group, whatsoever. We accept no favours and solicit no privileges. We are vitally concerned about the national interests and also the interests of the people at the community and regional level. On national interests we are essentially guided by the constitutional frameworks, the principles of sovereignty, national integrity, security and dignity of the country, and not by limited or interest driven interpretations by political parties or officials of the government. We aim to deliver the facts with precision and we believe in getting not only both sides, but all sides to every story.

Privacy Policy

The Dispatch does not ask its users for any personal information. However, we are committed to protecting the privacy, accuracy and reliability of any personally identifiable information the users choose to provide and to safeguarding such information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. We don’t store or even access personal information of followers on any of our social media channels.

Corrections Policy

The Dispatch has a special editorial position engaged in examining the content on suo moto basis as a regular ongoing process. The Readers’ Editor is always quick in responding to any discrepancy pointed out by readers. While coming across any mistake on our own or anything being pointed out by the readers, we try to make immediate correction. Whenever any such correction is made in any headline, article, caption, graphics, video or any other material on the website we ensure to explain the change

Ownership & Funding

The Dispatch, a legally registered entity, takes pride in being one of the few media platforms in India owned by a career journalist. Its founder and Editor, Zafar Choudhary, has made initial personal investment. Subsequent operations are being financed by renting the spaces on our digital properties –Website, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram –for advertisements.

Editorial Team

Led by Zafar Choudhary as Editor, The Dispatch staff is a mix of elderly experienced journalists and young tech savvy reporters. We have a fairly descent number of regular columnists and commentators with diverse backgrounds contributing from different parts of the country.

The Dispatch Channels

The Dispatch is a multimedia news and knowledge platform in India with high quality original and curated content aimed for a nationwide audience. We are available on a wide array of digital properties with a high degree of serious audience engagement. You may like to access The Dispatch at any of your favourite platforms:

The Dispatch website

Contact Details

Registered office, newsroom and studios

The Dispatch
#1 Rehan House,
Lane 2, Madina Hills
Bathindi Top,
Jammu 181152, Jammu & Kashmir

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Email: [email protected] , [email protected]
Fixed Line: 0191-2493136
WhatsApp: +91 80824 80136