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Irresponsible Reporting by India TV

23 Mar

This is in reference to a news item reported by India TV on 18th March with a headline “Gul Panag joins Aam Aadmi Party, actor Purab Kohli lends his support”.

The link to the news item is: http://linkis.com/www.indiatvnews.com/b9ZDs.

Here is s screenshot of the news item:

Image

It Should be noted that:

  1. The picture in the news item is nowhere related to the news item. It was picked up over the scores of other images that are available in public domain
  2. The selection of such a picture is a deliberate attempt to tarnish the image of the individual and cause trauma to the invidual
  3. The motive behind selecting this picture is a malafide attempt to influence the opinion of the voters by creating negativity about the individual concerned
  4. This news item is in violation of “CODE OF ETHICS & BROADCASTING STANDARDS” set by News Broadcasters Association of India (http://www.nbanewdelhi.com/pdf/final/NBA_code-of-ethics_english.pdf). I believe that this news item is violating the clause related to ” Impartiality and objectivity in reporting” where a balanced reporting is expected from a news channel. The code of ethics also says that “Channels should strive not to broadcast anything which is obviously defamatory or libelous”.

A mail has been sent to the following individuals/organizations to question such reporting by India TV:

  1. Mr Hemant Sharma, Director News – hemantsharma@indiatvnews.com
  2. India TV Head Office – mail@indiatvnews.com
  3. Rajat Shrama, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief – rajatsharma@indiatvnews.com
  4. News Broadcasters Association of India – authority@nbanewdelhi.com & nba@nbanewdelhi.com
  5. Press Council of India – 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

Here is the call of action for you as a responsible citizen:

1. Send a similar mail to all the individuals listed above

2. Call the following individuals

  • Mr Hemant Sharma, Director News, +91 – 120 – 3967700, 3967730, 0120-3051000
  • Rajat Shrama, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief – 0120 3051000, 305 1005

3. Call the head office of India TV and request to speak to the following people

  • Managing Director : Ritu Dhawan
  • Executive Director : Ashu Dhawan
  • Chief Financial Officer: Gulab Makhija
  • Sr. Vice-President Sales:

    Sudipto Chowdhuri

  • Vice President, Programming: Rohit Lal

This is not the first time that India TV has been found guilty of violating NBA guidelines

Here are the NBA decisions against India TV channel where the channel
1. Complaint No. 12 of 2012 (SM) – In the matter of Suo Motu action by the News Broadcasting Standards Authority in regard to telecast made on India TV on 7.4.2012 of footage relating to actress Ms. Sayali Bhagat admitted in hospital
Ref: http://www.nbanewdelhi.com/pdf/5_WEBSITE%20INDIA%20TV_SAYALI%20BHAGAT.pdf

2. Complaint No. 6 of 2011 – In the matter of M/s Independent News Service Pvt. Ltd., Noida – Telecast of programme titled “Operation Gang Rape” on news channel India TV on July 1, 2011
Ref: http://www.nbanewdelhi.com/images/Upload/website-matter-india-tv.pdf

3. Re: Complaint No 1 of 2009(SM) Complaint of Farhana Ali
Ref: http://www.nbanewdelhi.com/images/Upload/contents-website-india-tv.pdf

All the decisions of NBA can be found at : http://www.nbanewdelhi.com/decisions.asp

Lets not remain silent. Lets raise our voice and create an environment where all the media houses report responsibly and impartially.

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Here is the text of the mail I used:

Sir/Madam,

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

This is in reference to a news item reported by India TV on 18th March with a headline “Gul Panag joins Aam Aadmi Party, actor Purab Kohli lends his support”. The link to the news item is: http://linkis.com/www.indiatvnews.com/b9ZDs

I am attaching a screenshot of the same for your reference.

I would like to raise the following points:

  1. The selection of such a picture is a deliberate attempt to tarnish the image of the individual and cause trauma to the individual
  2. The picture in the news item is nowhere related to the news item. It was picked up over the scores of other images that are available in public domain
  3. The motive behind selecting this picture is a malafide attempt to influence the opinion of the voters by creating negativity about the individual concerned
  4. This news item is in violation of “CODE OF ETHICS & BROADCASTING STANDARDS” set by News Broadcasters Association of India (http://www.nbanewdelhi.com/pdf/final/NBA_code-of-ethics_english.pdf). I believe that this news item is violating the clause related to ” Impartiality and objectivity in reporting” where a balanced reporting is expected from a news channel. The code of ethics also says that “Channels should strive not to broadcast anything which is obviously defamatory or libelous”.

Please note that this mail is not aimed at moral policing. The viewers would appreciate if visuals that appropriately portray the candidature of a contesting candidate are used by your channel as it is done in the case of all other candidates. Singling out a candidate by way of their profession is both unethical and inappropriate and does not befit a national channel such as yours.

I request you to remove the picture from this news item and issue an apology to the viewers and the individual concerned. Also, please take necessary actions to ensure that such type of reporting is avoided under all circumstances by your channel in future.

I would appreciate a swift reply and action from you.

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UPDATES

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Here is the first mail from India TV – tv

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Update at 1:00 PM IST, 24th March
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India TV has replaced Gul’s pic with a decent one. Its a victory guys. Thank you all for your support.
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Update at 4.30 PM IST 24th March

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Here is a reply from Anita Sharma, Sr Executive Editor INDIA TV….

Reply

 

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