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***Biased Media****

23 Feb

Today the 3 major political parties – Congress, BJP and AAP had rallies of Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal respectively.

While ABP news and NDTV were live telecasting all the three rallies alternatively, Times Now and CNN-IBN were only showing Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi’s rallies.

Even the “Tickr”(scrolling news at the bottom of the channel” on both the channel talks only about Modi and Rahul… Headlines on Tickr show only statements of Rahul and Modi.

Also, I checked the Timeline of Times Now’s Twitter handle @timesnow for last 5 hours. Not a single tweet on Kejriwal’s speech while they have live-tweeted both Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi. Have taken Screenshots of the TL.

I checked the Timeline of CNN-IBN’s Twitter Handle @ibnlive for last 5 hours. They have live-tweeted both Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi. There was only one tweet on Arvind Kejriwal’s rally (that too an anti-Congress statement that AK made).
(Screenshots of Twitter TL are at the end of this blog)
I Called Times Now Office at 02224999944 and spoke to the News desk member. Someone by name Preeti answered my call and she was able yo hear me until I asked the question. Then she started saying “hello.. hello” as if she cant hear me and then hung up… called back again and got connected to some other lady. She refused to reveal her name. When I asked her why they are not showing Kejriwal’s rally, she asked me to send a mail to their mail id “nowdesk@gmail.com” as she is not authorized to answer me.

Then I called CNN-IBN at 01204341818 and I was connected to news room guy Saharsh. He says they have covered Kejriwal’s rally as well and says may be I have missed the braodcast. I asked him for a mail ID where I can send a mail about this. He gave ” Assignment@network18online.com”

I guess we should start questioning these guys on such things to tame them. Its a known fact that these news channels are controlled by corporates that are closely connected to politicians. And as long as we dont question them, they will continue to show the biased news.

I will be sending a mail to the given mail IDs and also, will send a mail to News Broadcasting Association of India.

Until I get a satisfactory answer from them, the channels will be boycotted by me.

Note- I have recorded these calls : https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B7DWrSEAJy5_RVp1YzA0OW1PSFU#

Have uploaded the audio files again into a new folder. Please check this – Call Recordings New – https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B7DWrSEAJy5_OHBTZER1ZWNfeVE/edit

Here is alternate link to access the audio files: https://drive.google.com/?authuser=0#folders/0B7DWrSEAJy5_MG5PQmx2QmQ5UUU
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You can use the following template to send mails to the respective groups:

Subject: Biased Reporting by your News Channel_23rd Feb

Sir/Madam,

I would like to bring the following few lines to your consideration.

on 23rd February, the key leaders from the major political parties in India, Rahul Gandhi from Congress, Narendra Modi from BJP and Arvind Kejriwal from Aam Aadmi Party addressed election rallies in different parts of the country.

It was noticed that your news channel live-telecasted both Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi’s rallies while there was no live coverage of Arvind Kejriwal’s rally.

Also, the twitter handle of your News channel live-tweeted for both Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi’s rallies while there was no live-tweeting done for Arvind Kejriwal’s rally.

Even the “Tickr”(scrolling news at the bottom of the channel” on your channel talks only about Modi and Rahul during that period… Headlines on Tickr show only statements of Rahul and Modi.

This is a clear partial and biased reporting from your news channel and is in complete violation of Code of Ethics & Broadcasting Standards as framed by the NBA (http://www.nbanewdelhi.com/pdf/final/NBA_code-of-ethics_english.pdf).

As a citizen of India, I believe that News Channels should serve as the eyes and ears of the current affairs and should not become mouth pieces of political parties.

I request you to look into this issue and take necessary steps to ensure that such biased reporting is prevented in future.

Regards,
Name
City
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If you would like to send a mail to News Broadcaster’s association, here are the contact details of members of these news channels::

IBN18 Broadcast Ltd. [CNN IBN, IBN7]

Contact Person : Ms. Kshipra Jatana
Designation : General Counsel
Phone : +91 – 120 – 4341818
Fax : +91 – 11 – 66173955
E-mail : Kshipra.jatana@network18online.com

Times Global Broadcasting Company Ltd.
[Times Now]

Contact Person : Ms. Jyothi Suresh Kumar
Designation : DGM Legal & Company Secretary
Phone : +91 – 22 – 24999944
Fax : +91 – 22 – 24990307
E-mail : jyothi.sureshkumar@timesgroup.com

Times Now’s Website says – Viewers may address their comments/views and questions regarding any content aired on Times Now to the Editor-Output, Mr. Vivek Narayan at vivek.narayan@timesgroup.com with a copy to legalnow@timesgroup.com
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And here are the contact details of NBA:

Communications & Contact Address
News Broadcasting Standards Authority
C/o News Broadcasters Association
Reg. Off.: Juris House Ground Floor,
22, Inder Enclave, Paschim Vihar,
New Delhi 110 087

Email: authority@nbanewdelhi.com & nba@nbanewdelhi.com

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Here are the email IDs of members of Press Council of India:

vibha.b@nic.in
secy-pci@nic.in
p.sibbal@nic.in
pcibpp@gmail.com
pcimeetings@gmail.com
pcibppcomplaint@gmail.com
pcibpplib@gmail.com
pcibppeditorial@gmail.com
pcibppaccount@gmail.com
pcibpphindi@gmail.com
pcibppadmin@gmail.com

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Screenshots of Twitter TL of Both the News Channel for that time period when the rallies were happening:

Times Now 3

Times Now 5

Times Now 6

Times Now 4

Times Now 2

Times Now 1

IBN 6

IBN 5

IBN 4

IBN 3

IBN 2

IBN 1

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11 Comments

Posted by on February 23, 2014 in My Success Stories

 

11 responses to “***Biased Media****

  1. Anshul Katare

    February 23, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Please share the recording on youtube or soundcloud n provide the link as well.

     
    • Ali Hussaini

      February 23, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      Done. Please check the blog now. Its updated with more details.

       
  2. sourabh

    February 23, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    sent an email,
    but apart from these, shouldn’t we carry out a DHARNA in front of their office…and dont leave untill they respond properly…..
    media is the fourth pillar of our democracy, and they too are answerable to the people of this country

     
    • Vikramjeet Kapoor

      February 24, 2014 at 6:53 am

      You do a dharna and they will run a ticker “Kejriwal instigates supporters against media”. Acc. to me the best thing we can do is email them, call them, question them politely, just like Ali did. Don’t expect TOI or Times Now to pay any heed to your questions, somehow they’ve developed a huge ego issue. They are not at all aware of ground realities and don’t give an “F”. Times group is pretty straightforward about their approach towards “News”, they have their own “ethics”. You can hope answers from Network18, Tv today and NDTV.

       
  3. Azhar

    February 23, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Ali, I usually do not comment on blogs or news websites. But I cannot stop myself from appreciating your effort in doing your part to expose the nexus of paid mainstream media.

    Standing up and asking the right questions is the need of the hour.

    GREAT WORK!!!!

     
  4. Najam

    February 24, 2014 at 4:54 am

    Wonderful dear Ali, God Speed!

     
  5. hitgrove

    February 24, 2014 at 8:08 am

    sent mails and gonna repeat above tasks in future too.. Good going.. thanks for sharing it

     
  6. sunny abraham

    February 24, 2014 at 9:19 am

    i like above matter,please u can provide all languages and share ……

     
  7. ASD

    March 6, 2014 at 5:51 am

    If you do so much hard work for the problems of our country rather than supporting a person who is a puppet in hands of America (he gets millions of dollars support from USA), that would do some good to our nation.

    In all opinion polls Modi gets above 50% support, Rahul gets around 20% and this Mr. Anarchist gets 2-3% support (means these many people likes them) than why you want that each of them get equal coverage on the media ?

     
  8. Amarjit Singh

    March 7, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Superlike this article.
    Posted on my blog also.

    Below link is only for your reference.

    http://www.amarjit.info/2014/03/congress-vs-bjp-vs-aap-how-media-is.html

     
  9. Gurcharan Singh Sawhney

    March 7, 2014 at 11:21 am

     

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