Decisions

S.NO Channel Complainant Date of Broadcast Complaint Decisions
S.NO 1. Channel ABP News Complainant Gujarat State RTI Activist Organization Date of Broadcast 3.8.2017 Complaint

NBSA noted that the complaint was that the channel had stated in the programme that toy guns can be brought to any part of India along the Indo-Nepal border without proper checks; showing such news reports, the complainant alleged enables the external enemies of the country to know the places from where they can enter into India. The broadcaster stated that as a news channel, they regularly cover matters relating to national security and defence; the story in question was telecast to bring into focus certain aspects of our defence and security systems; In their editorial view, the said aspects are of public interest and hence they decided to telecast the same; also, the said story did not, in any way, put to threat or could possibly put to any threat the internal security of our nation.

Decisions

14.11.2017
NBSA considered the complaint, response from the broadcaster and also viewed the CD. NBSA found no violation of any broadcasting standards or guidelines in the broadcasts 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 News Odia Complainant EMMC Date of Broadcast 5.8.2017 Complaint

EMMC report was that ETV News Odia had carried a viral video of a home guard in civil dress beating up a man suspected to be a thief. In the said video, the alleged thief’s hands were tied from behind and he was thrashed in a barbaric manner in full public view somewhere in Mayurbhanj district, Orissa. The broadcaster stated that the said news was broadcast with the sole objective of informing their viewers about the wrongful act committed by a home guard. Subsequent to the broadcast, a Departmental enquiry was ordered by the Home Guard IG.

Decisions

14.11.2017
NBSA considered the complaint, response and also viewed the CD of the alleged broadcast. NBSA noted that the broadcast was certainly in public interest and it was the duty of the media to highlight the brutality being meted out to by a home guard and such news should not be suppressed, and should be reported. NBSA noted that the reporting by the channel led to action by the IG, Home and suspension of the home guard. NBSA was of the view that the broadcaster had 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 MoI&B and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 3. Channel OTV Complainant EMMC Date of Broadcast 5.8.2017 Complaint

EMMC report was that OTV carried a viral video of a home guard in civil dress beating up a man suspected to be a thief; in the said video, the alleged thief’s hands were tied from behind and he was being thrashed in a barbaric manner in full public view somewhere in Mayurbhanj district, Orissa. The broadcaster confirmed that a home guard in civil dress beating up a man suspecting to be a thief was telecast on the channel; the home guard even did not stop beating even on the request of the public; the prime objective was to create awareness among the masses about the excesses meted out to the general public by law keepers; it was also telecast with the aim of making the men in uniform aware about the code of conduct while dealing with law and order situation and also ensure to that the people in higher rank and file take note of things which normally go unreported; in the subsequent telecast the channel had the quotes of the Home Guards IG who had stated about an inquiry being initiated by the Department; the locals had also filed an FIR at the nearest police station against the home guard; after OTV telecast the video, action was taken on the said home guard and he was suspended from his job.

Decisions

14.11.2017
NBSA considered the complaint, response and also viewed the CD of the alleged broadcast. NBSA noted that the broadcast was certainly in public interest and it was the duty of the media to highlight the brutality being meted out by a home guard and such news should not be suppressed, and should be reported. NBSA noted. The reporting by the channel led to action by the IG, Home Guards and suspension of the home guard. NBSA was of the view that the broadcaster had 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 MoI&B and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 4. Channel News18 Kerala Complainant EMMC Date of Broadcast 4.5.2017 Complaint

EMMC report was that News 18 Kerala, in its segment named “Crime Focus” carried video footage of cruel treatment meted out against an old man by a woman in his own home. The channel had telecast a news story on a video that went viral on social media wherein a woman can be seen beating up an old man; through the depiction of the video, channel also expressed their reactions and reminded the viewers how the elderly people are being mistreated; the channel has shown some unedited videos wherein the woman is pushing, shoving and beating the old man with a stick as he lays helpless on the ground, a pitiable sight to look at; by carrying this video for prolonged period, the channel’s apparent crusade against cruelty on the elderly falls short as it rather seems like sensationalism in order to grab viewer’s attention. Such perturbing videos aired without editing for extended period of time offends good taste and is unsuitable for viewers. The broadcaster stated that the said news along with the video was broadcast with the sole objective of informing the public at large about the mistreatment meted out to an old man in an old age home. There was no intention whatsoever to sensationalize or glamorize the horrific incident but instead, the aim was to promote awareness among the public at large.

Decisions

14.11.2017
NBSA considered the complaint, response and also viewed the CD of the alleged broadcast. NBSA noted that the broadcast was certainly in public interest and it was the duty of the media to highlight such brutality being meted out to the elderly in his own home and should be reported and not suppressed. It would facilitate the State machinery to take strict action against the persons resorting to such inhuman treatment on elderly persons. 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 MoI&B and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 5. Channel Asianet News Complainant EMMC Date of Broadcast 14.5.2017 Complaint

EMMC report was that Asianet news channel had telecast a news report of a mob lynching case related to cow vigilantism in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. While reporting, the channel had shown a group of men beating up a youth mercilessly alleging that he had cut a cow’s tail; the video was aired and stretched for an unusually long period by the channel without proper blurring and editing wherein the group of men could be clearly seen thrashing the youth with belts, bashing him with their fists and kicking him over and over; the visuals were disturbing and are not suitable for unrestricted public exhibition. Broadcaster stated that they always took due care and caution from their side to ensure that unrestricted and disturbing visuals were not telecast in their channel; the alleged visuals shown were distant visuals and not unrestricted or offending to viewer and was not disturbing to the best of their belief; they would be more cautious and careful on airing such visuals and their top management has given strict instruction to their editorial team to strictly adhere to the standard media guidelines put forward by MIB; there was no wilful omission on their part in following the guidelines put forward by the Authority; they assured that such visuals will not be used or telecast herein after; however, they tender unconditional apology for bonafied mistakes/omission if any.

Decisions

14.11.2017
NBSA considered the complaint, response and also viewed the CD of the alleged broadcast. NBSA noted that the broadcast was certainly in public interest and it was the duty of the media to highlight, report and expose such brutality being meted out, and should not be suppressed. Reporting such incidents would facilitate the law and order machinery of the State 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 MoI&B and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 6. Channel Zee News Complainant Ms. Lakshmi Malladi Date of Broadcast 5.9.2017 Complaint

NBSA at its meeting held on 14.11.2017 considered the submissions made by the complainant and the broadcaster. NBSA was of the view that as per Regulations 7.2 second proviso read with Regulation 8.4.3 of the News Broadcasting Standards Regulations, it is not permissible or appropriate for the NBSA to procced into the complaint as the facts constituting the cause of action for the complaint, are also the facts of the complaint pending enquiry in a court of law. Any action/decision by NBSA into any issue or factual question resulting in a finding of NBSA lead to a situation of conflict / divergence with any future findings by a Court or other Authority in the pending proceedings resulting in prejudice either to the complainant or to the broadcasters. NBSA therefore decided that it will not be able to entertain and decide the complaint and treated the matter as closed for the present, reserving liberty to revive the complaint before the NBSA if necessary, on conclusion of the Court and other proceedings.

Decisions

14.11.2017
NBSA considered the complaint and noted that the matter was sub judice. NBSA under its regulations was unable to entertain the complaint at this stage. However, they were at liberty to revive the complaint before NBSA, if so advised and found necessary, upon conclusion of proceedings.

S.NO 7. Channel NDTV India Complainant Prof. Ashok Arora Date of Broadcast 28.8.2017 Complaint

NBSA noted that the complaint was that the anchor made an objectionable comment on software engineers while talking to the actress, Kangana on the show. The anchor stated “..???? ??? ???? ??? ?? ?? ??? ?? ????? ?? ??? ???? ?? ???? ??? ????? ?? ????? ?? ????, ?? ?? ?? ????, ?????? ?? ?? ???? ???? ????? ?? ????????? ??? ???????? ????...??? ?...” , which according to the complainant was objectionable against software engineers on a national TV channel telecast worldwide through electronic media and social media networks. NBSA noted that the broadcaster in their response dated 29.9.2017 had stated that dowry is a big social problem in our country and is a sad reality of our times. The anchor’s comments need to be viewed in context and not in an isolated or stand-alone manner.

Decisions

14.11.2017
NBSA at its meeting held on 14.11.2017 considered the complaint, response from the broadcaster, further response dated 1.10.2017 from the complainant and also viewed the CD. NBSA 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 complainant and the broadcasters accordingly.

S.NO 8. Channel Various Channels Complainant Ms. Jhanvi Behal [ MoI&B] Date of Broadcast NA Complaint

The complainant stated that a number of so called babas of deras and other institutions are promoting themselves through various TV channels where they make a fool of their followers, collect a huge amount from their followers and pay such amount to media group so they can advertise these baba through their channels; how these types of preachers play with the sentiments of innocent followers and how they have to lost their lives by following them, which is due to false promotions of such persons in the name of various deras and institutions; that such programmes are for self-benefit and business purpose and not for providing benefits to any person. The complainant suggested that there should be censorship by concerned Ministry on the such programmes by the so called preachers on all TV channels.

Decisions

3.10.2017
NBSA considered the above complaint and noted that the contents of the complaint were expression of a general opinion of a viewer and not a specific complaint against any particular channel or any particular programme. The complaint does not disclose any violation of the NBA/NBSA Regulations/Guidelines. NBSA therefore decided to close the matter and inform the MoI&B and complainant accordingly.

S.NO 9. Channel INDIA TV Complainant Mr. Abhishek Shukla [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 20.5.2017 Complaint

The complainant alleged that India TV showed the training of CRPF’s special unit COBRA. While showing the training, the channel violated Official Secrets Act 1923 and National Security Act 1980 many times and the channel even revealed many official secrets like the location of the training camp, types of arms and ammunitions used by commandos, strategies like how commandos are learning the language used by Naxalites, how they hide themselves under dry leaves, information like commandos keep IEDs with them and where they hide themselves under the tunnels and bunkers. The broadcaster in their response stated that the entire shoot was conducted in the presence of senior CRPF officials who authorised their reporters to access the training site of the Cobra commandos. After the shoot was completed, the entire video was checked by the CRPF senior officials and it was only after they approved the content was the same telecast on their channel. Only such information which was approved by the officials formed part of the content of their program.

Decisions

3.10.2017
NBSA considered the complaint, response and viewed the CD. NBSA noted that the reporting was done with the consent of the CRPF. NBSA also found no violation of any Standards or Guidelines and decided that no action was called for on the complaint. NBSA, therefore, decided to close the matter and inform the MoI&B, complainant and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 10. Channel Mirror Now Complainant Mr. Santosh [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 24.4.2017 Complaint

The complainant alleged that Mirror Now did false propaganda that there is an epidemic of depression among children in India (5 crore Indians), which according to the complainant is incorrect. The complainant alleged that it is a sponsored foul propaganda by the pharma lobby; the truth is that India has the least depressed people and suicides. The broadcaster stated that they covered the topic of depression and its impact on mental health. As part of this overall discussion, the topic of how depression influences suicides were also touched upon. The programme had panelists, who are experts in their respective fields, to discuss and debate on this very sensitive issue. The programme discussed the mental health scenario in the country and concerns were put out as to how mental health was not being given the priority or prominence in our policy decisions and its implementation.

Decisions

3.10.2017
NBSA considered the complaint, the response given by the broadcaster and also viewed the CD. NBSA 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 MoI&B and the broadcaster accordingly.