Decisions

S.NO Channel Complainant Date of Broadcast Complaint Decisions
S.NO 1. Channel NDTV 24x7 Complainant Mr. G. Narayanan [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 31.3.2018 Complaint

The above complaint was received from MoI&B. The complainant alleged that in the programme titled ‘Truth Vs Hype’ on NDTV 24x7 would incite communal violence by showing the attack on a mosque again and again. The broadcaster stated that the programme was in relation to a comparatively small incident where a slipper was thrown by some miscreant from a mosque, on the idol of goddess Durga during a procession. The issue was amicably settled and the procession was carried peacefully. However, the programme emphasized on the fact that how political parties, specially the local leaders, escalated an issue belatedly which resulted in violence and eventually attack on the mosque.

Decisions

24.5.2018
NBSA considered the complaint, response from the broadcaster and also viewed the contents of the broadcast. NBSA noted that the news report did not violate any NBA/NBSA Standards or Guidelines and therefore decided that no action was called for on the complaint. NBSA therefore decided to close the matter and inform the MoI&B and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 2. Channel ETV-Telangana Complainant EMMC [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 3.12.2017 Complaint

EMMC report related to the news aired on ETV Telangana regarding the physical abuse of a 4-year-old girl by her mother at the behest of her alleged lover. The child received severe burn injuries on her buttocks and feet after her mother forced her to sit on a hot pan. While reporting this story, the channel had shown the disturbing visuals of the burn injuries inflicted on the child without any editing or blurring. The EMMC Report stated that said visual is against good taste and should not have been carried. The broadcaster stated that in the opinion of the bulletin producer, the visuals did not warrant blurring or masking. It is further submitted that the editor, having taken care and caution in not showing the child, felt that the visual had to be aired without masking, to effectively convey to the public the heinous crime committed by a stone-hearted mother in connivance with her alleged paramour and to show how human relations are deteriorating in the civil society. The blurring or masking would not depict the gravity of the heinous crime; and if the image had been blurred, the report might have been taken lightly by the viewers as a trivial issue of a mother chiding her daughter.

Decisions

24.5.2018
NBSA considered the complaint, response from the broadcaster and also viewed the contents of the alleged broadcast. NBSA was of the view that this was one of the well recognized exceptions to the rule that such gory and barbaric incidents should not be shown without blurring, and that the broadcast was in public interest; and that it was the duty of the media to highlight, report and expose such brutality, to prevent such inhuman conduct being repeated by others. Reporting such incidents also facilitate the law enforcement agencies to take strict action against the perpetrators of such gruesome acts. NBSA was of the view that the broadcaster has done its duty by reporting the incident and found no violation of any broadcasting standards or guidelines in the broadcast and therefore decided that no action was called for on the complaint. NBSA therefore decided to close the matter and inform the EMMC, MoI&B and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 3. Channel Zee Rajasthan News Complainant EMMC [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 6.12.2017 Complaint

EMMC report related to a news from Dev Nagar in Rajsamand District of Rajasthan which showed a person killing another in connection with the issue of Love Jihad and patriotism. The channel has shown a video related with this news without blurring the visuals of the said incident. The video showed a killing by a person attacking another with an axe and burning him alive. The channel ran the video recording of the incidence for more than 14 minutes. In the later broadcasts, the images were dimmed. The visuals that were shown in the broadcast were terrifying, repulsive, shocking, wrenching the viewers’ hearts and triggering revulsion. It was stated that broadcast of such visuals should be avoided. Broadcaster stated that initial part of video could not be blurred due to the fact that broadcaster encountered major technical snag. Broadcaster regretted the technical snag and assured that there was no deliberate attempt or mala fides on their part in initially showing the visuals without blurring. They assured NBSA that they shall take additional precautions while telecasting such sensitive stories and requested that the proceedings be dropped.

Decisions

24.5.2018
NBSA considered the report of the EMMC, response of the broadcaster and also viewed the contents of the alleged broadcast. NBSA found that the submission made by the broadcaster that they had encountered a technical glitch was not acceptable. It was of the view that the broadcaster owed a duty to take all steps necessary to scrutinize a third-party video before airing it on their channel, that too for more than 14 minutes. NBSA noted that most of the broadcast showed the gruesome killing of a man by attacking him with an axe and later burning him alive. NBSA noted that reporting of such gruesome acts by the channel could certainly become a source for communal violence and would create undue fear in the minds of the people and communities. The media owed a responsibility to ensure that its reporting and airing the visuals did not incite communal violence/disturbances. NBSA was concerned with the frequent airing of gory violence which may have the effect of disturbing communal harmony. NBSA therefore decided to warn the broadcaster to be more careful in future while reporting about sensitive issues. NBSA decided to inform the EMMC, MOI&B and the broadcaster accordingly and close the matter.

S.NO 4. Channel ABP News Complainant Mr. Pawan Kapoor, Mr. Hrishikesh Kumar Chaudhary and Ms. Priyadarshi India [3] [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 12.2.2018 Complaint

The complainants alleged that ABP News Channel had reported a statement made by Shri Mohanrao Bhagwat during his trip to Bihar, in a distorted manner, thereby bringing disrepute for RSS. According to the complainants, Shri Bhagwat only compared the general public with Swyamsevaks and not the Army with the Swyamsevaks and had stated that if the need ever arose, it would take mere three days to prepare Swyamsevaks of the Sangh for offering their services to the Army; and on the other hand, if members of the public are to be prepared for defence services, it would take a time of more than six months. The complainants alleged that when making the Mr. Bhagwat’s statement a topic of discussion in a programme aired by the channel, objectionable statements were made against Shri Bhagwat. The complainants contended that when there was not even a trace of any insult to the Army in the statement of Shri Bhagwat, an attempt was made to bring RSS into disrepute by attributing a wrong statement to Shri Bhagwat. The broadcaster stated that the channel ran the bytes of Shri Mohan Bhagwatji the way he had stated and had not in any way tampered with it. It was stated that the channel had given due opportunity to all participants to articulate their viewpoints and had also telecast the viewpoint of the representative of Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh.

Decisions

24.5.2018
NBSA considered the complaints, response from the broadcaster and also viewed the contents of the alleged broadcast. NBSA noted that the broadcast was a factual reporting and there was no violation of the Regulations or Guidelines of NBA or NBSA. NBSA also noted that the content of a 'report' or 'story' fell within the editorial discretion and an individual's (complainant’s) view or perception of an issue cannot be a ground to take action against a channel, unless there was a violation of the Guidelines. NBSA therefore decided to close the matter and inform MoI&B and broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 5. Channel Aajtak Complainant Dr. Neha Singh [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 27.1.2018 Complaint

The complaint was received from the MoI&B which stated that some wrong information was conveyed by the channel in its program ‘Dangal’ on 27.1.2018 relating to Kasganj (U.P.) violence and the unauthorized rally. The anchor had no concrete information and the manner in which he questioned the police authorities indicated that he was trying to target a particular community and provoke people to indulge in violence; and that in spite of ADG Law and Order (Mr. Anand Kumar), who appeared live on the programme for some time, clearly informing the anchor that the police did not have full information and refused to comment on the incident, the anchor persisted with his agenda which clearly appeared to be communal in nature. Broadcaster stated that the programme did not show any bias or intention on the part of the anchor to incite a feeling of hatred, communal tension and violence; and that the telecast was in the larger public interest and to show the lackadaisical attitude of Uttar Pradesh administration and to impress upon the Government about the serious state of affairs.

Decisions

24.5.2018
NBSA considered the complaint, response from the broadcaster and also viewed the CD of the broadcast. NBSA noted that one of the participants in the debate was, ADG (Law and Order), Uttar Pradesh and the anchor, through his questions, was trying to elicit details from the ADG in regard to the violence that took place in Kasganj, the number of persons arrested and the current situation, etc. NBSA found that the ADG had adopted a very balanced approach in his answers, clearly intended to bring peace and harmony. On the other hand, NBSA found the “ Title” of the programme, the taglines used and the questions posed by the anchor to be provocative. The excerpts of texts displayed alongside the news anchor’s commentary from the telecast were as follows: Title: ???? : ???? ??? ?????? ?????? ?? '????' ? Taglines: ?????? ?? ???????????? ?? ?? ??????? ????? ? ???? ??? ??????????? ????? ???? ?? ??? ?????? ? ??????? ???? ?? ?????? ???? ?? ????????? ????? ? ???? ?????? ?? ???? ???? ?? ?? ??????????? ???? ? ?????? ???? ??? ???? ?? ????????? ??? ???????? ? Questions posed by the anchor during the debate to the ADG (Law & Order) (In Hindi ) ???? : ???? ??????? ????? ??? ???????? ??? ?? ??? ?? ?????? ?????? ???? ?? ?????? ??... ???? : ?? ?? ??? ?? ????? ??? ??????... ????: ???? ????? ???? ??? ?????? ?????? ?????? ?? ??? ?? ???? ????? ????? ??? ??? ??? ?? ???? ???? ?? ?? ???? ????? ?? ???? ??? ?? ????? ????? ?? ???? ?? ???? ???? ?? ?? ??? ?? ????????? ???????? ?? ???? ???? ???... ????: ?? ?? 9 ??? ????? ?? ?? ??? ??? ???? ??? ??? ???? ??? ??...?? ???? ????? ?? ???... ????: ???? ??? ????? ??? ??????? ?? ?? ??? ???? ???...?? ????? ??????? ??? ??? ??? ??... ????: ?? ?? ????????? ?? ???? ?? ?? ?? ?? ???? ????? ?? ?? ?? ??????? ?????????? ?? ??????? ?? ????? ?? ??? ?? ????? ???? ?? ??? ???? ??? ???? ??? ????? ???? ????... ????: ???? ????? ???? ?? ?? ??? ??? ???? ???? ???? ?? ??? ?????? ????? ?? ?????? ?? ????? ?? ???? ?? ?? ??? ??? ????? ?? ???? ??? ??? ???? ?? ??????? ????? ?? ????? ?? ???? ?? ?? ??? ??? ????? ?? ???? ??? ?? 26 ????? ?? ??? ?????? ???? ?????? ??????? ???? ??? ?? ???? ???? ?? ???? ?? ???? ????????? ?? ????? ?? ?? ???? ???????? ???? ???? ?????? ????? ?? ???? ?? ??? ???... NBSA noted that while media has a duty to elicit information in public interest, it also owes a responsibility, and in fact a duty, to exercise restraint and avoid provocative comments and use of communally charged taglines, so that in a troubled situation, confidence and harmony can be created between the communities. NBSA was of the view that the anchor could have avoided such provocative/leading questions. NBSA decided to issue a warning to the broadcaster to be careful in future while reporting on such communally sensitive incidents and close the matter. NBSA decided to inform the MoI&B and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 6. Channel BTV Complainant Mr. C.B. Suresh Babu, MLA [ECI] Date of Broadcast 5.4.2018 Complaint

The complaint is about demand for ransom by a journalist posing to be from BTV on 12.3.2018. Since the complainant did not agree for ransom, the BTV channel telecasted an episode titled “Report Card”, in which the complainant has been projected negatively with false allegations without any substantiating facts and figures.

Decisions

24.5.2018
NBSA noted that the Chief Electoral Officer, Karnataka, was informed that BTV channel is not a member of NBA and hence no action can be taken on the complaint and they may write to MoI&B in this regard.

S.NO 7. Channel TV 5 Kannada Complainant Mr. H.K. Patil [ECI] Date of Broadcast 2.5.2018 Complaint

The complaint is about telecast of an episode in TV 5 Kannada channel titled “Rajaneeti” alleging irregularities by Minister HK Patil in Gadag.

Decisions

24.5.2018
NBSA noted that the Chief Electoral Officer, Karnataka, was informed that TV 5 Kannada channel is not a member of NBA and hence no action can be taken on the complaint and they may write to MoI&B in this regard.

S.NO 8. Channel NDTV 24x7, NDTV India Complainant Mr. Sarbajit Roy [8] Date of Broadcast 20.2.2018 24.3.2018 Complaint

Complainant filed several complaints about SSC paper leak and Dr. Rajith Kumar’s remarks.

Decisions

24.5.2018
In view of various allegations of conflict of interest levelled by the complainant against the Chairperson and all the Members of NBSA (set out in the agenda note), NBSA decided that it will not be proper to consider the complaints. The complainant has the liberty to approach any other forum for redressal.

S.NO 9. Channel Various Channels Complainant Ms. Preeti Singh Date of Broadcast 7/8.12.2017 Complaint

NBSA, considered the complaint regarding showing gory visuals of a Muslim man being attacked and burnt in an incident in Rajasthan. NBSA was concerned about the adverse impact of repeatedly showing gory visuals of commission of violent crimes by news channels. It was of the view that repeated viewing of such violent acts will make people insensitive to such horrendous acts. It would also be a traumatizing experience, for the families of the victims. NBSA therefore decided to call for the CD’s from all the broadcasters with regard to the above broadcast.

Decisions

24.5.2018
NBSA viewed the CDs received from the members and noted that an innocent man killed by a fanatic, being telecast on news channels served no public purpose other than showing gruesome violence on an individual of a particular community. NBSA was of the view that the channels should have just reported the incident without showing the gruesome video at length. NBSA also noted that the blurring was inadequate as the gruesome act was clearly visible in some of the videos. NBSA noted that reporting of such gruesome acts by the channels could become a catalyst for communal violence and would create undue fear in the minds of the people and communities. NBSA was of the view that the media should play a responsible role of bringing peace and harmony among communities.

S.NO 10. Channel ETV UP/UK Complainant Mr. Harinarayan Rajbhar, MP (LS) [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 27/28.10.2017 Complaint

NBSA noted that the complaint was that ETV channel on 27.10.2017 had telecast an incorrect and false report that the complainant had used indecent words against Hon’ble Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The complainant also alleged that a TV reporter of ETV channel in Mau district (Ved Mishra) has been repeatedly making efforts to tarnish his image and destroy his reputation by providing misleading information for being aired on the channel. The complainant alleged that the reporter was doing so, as he (Mr. Rajbhar) was exposing the misdeeds of the reporter. NBSA noted that the broadcaster had denied the allegations made against their channel and stated that the said news was based on the video footage received by their channel; that the aforementioned news program/item was made in good faith to keep the viewers informed about issues affecting the public at large; and that as a gesture of goodwill, they will not broadcast the said news story in future. NBSA considered the complaint, reply of the broadcaster and also viewed the CD. On a viewing of the CD, the relevant portion of the news report was not audible, as the audio of the relevant portion (containing the portion where the alleged offensive remarks were made against the complainant) was completely muted/toned down. The broadcaster furnished a CD without muting of the audio part.

Decisions

16.3.2018
NBSA considered the response from the broadcaster and also viewed the unedited raw footage of the alleged broadcast. NBSA noted that the BJP MP was using abusive language against the Chief Minister of UP and the Police. NBSA found no inaccuracy in the broadcast. NBSA found that the broadcaster had merely discharged its duty by reporting the incident and that there was no violation of any broadcasting standards or guidelines. It was therefore decided that no action was called for on the complaint and to close the matter. MoI&B and broadcaster may be informed accordingly.