Decisions

S.NO Channel Complainant Date of Broadcast Complaint Decisions
S.NO 1. Channel NDTV 24x7 Complainant Mr. Pranav Rishi Date of Broadcast NA Complaint

The complaint is regarding live updates of scores with regard to the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches aired on NDTV channel in the form of score cubes at the bottom of the screen.

Decisions

18.7.2017
Since this matter did not relate to content, but raised commercial issues, NBSA decided that it would not be possible to consider the complaint. There has been no violation of any NBSA Guidelines. NBSA therefore decided to close the matter, place it before NBA and inform the MoI&B and complainant accordingly.

S.NO 2. Channel Various Channels Complainant Mr. Pevinder Sofat Date of Broadcast NA Complaint

The petitioner has suggested that TV channels should use word ‘martyred’ instead of ‘killed’ in respect of our brave soldiers who get killed while in action.

Decisions

18.7.2017
NBSA noted that the contents were expression of a general opinion of a viewer and not a specific complaint against any particular channel or any particular programme. Further use of words is a matter of editorial discretion. NBSA therefore decided to close the matter and inform the MoI&B accordingly.

S.NO 3. Channel Various Channels Complainant Mr. Kundan Kashmiri, Dr. Mahesh Chandra Gupt [2] Date of Broadcast NA Complaint

NBSA noted that the MoI&B, had forwarded copies of two letters from Dr. Mahesh Chandra Gupt, to I&B Minister and from Mr. Kundan Kashmiri, addressed to the Prime Minister of India, in which complaints/concerns have been raised on the issues of inviting hardcore Pak generals and discarded/discredited entities from the Kashmir valley in the debates on TV channels and also the telecast of information related to internal and external security of the country .

Decisions

18.7.2017
NBSA considered the above and noted that the content of a 'report' or 'story' is an editorial discretion and an individual's view or perception of an issue cannot be a ground to take action against a channel, in the absence of violation of the Guidelines. NBSA therefore decided to close the matter and inform MoI&B accordingly.

S.NO 4. Channel Aajtak Complainant Mr. Rabindra Dwivedi [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 13.3.2017 Complaint

The complainant alleged that the broadcaster showed a programme on the festival of Holi only to defame the Congress and the Samajwadi Party. The broadcaster in their reply stated that the views and opinions expressed in the show were those of the guests and do not reflect the scrutiny of the channel. The broadcaster does not take sides in favoring any particular group or a party.

Decisions

18.7.2017
NBSA considered the complaint, the response and also viewed the CD of the alleged broadcast. 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 decided to inform the MoI&B and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 5. Channel Aajtak Complainant MoI&B[EMC] Date of Broadcast 19.1.2017 Complaint

EMMC report is that the channel in a programme ‘Jali Kati Parampara” showed the obnoxious and illogical customs prevalent throughout the country. This programme showed how people dug holes and bury their children from the neck downward in the hope of curing them of their illnesses while in some other parts of the country children are flung down from a height of 50 feet in order to get blessings of religious leaders (Baba). The programme also talked about a host of similar practices in order to seek blessings of God and earn virtues. The report stated that the channel carried a disclaimer that the channel does not support these practices, but it should not have repeatedly shown the pictures of children being buried inside the earth or being thrown down from the rooftop. They could have avoided showing such scenes. The broadcaster in their reply stated that the story was made with the motive to throw light on the topic of superstitious beliefs that still persist in India. They wanted to enlighten public of the heinous practices that are still followed and children particularly are made to suffer because of the atrocious viewpoint of the elderly in order to gain wealth and prosperity. The same was telecast with a view to draw the attention of the Human Rights Commission and the Government of India to stop such dreadful practices.

Decisions

18.7.2017
NBSA found that the broadcast was in public interest and did not violate any Standards or Guidelines. NBSA decided that no action was called for on the complaint. NBSA therefore decided to close the complaint and inform the MoI&B and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 6. Channel News Nation, News18 India Complainant Mr. N.K. Vohra [MoI&B] [2] Date of Broadcast 2.4.2017 Complaint

The complainant alleged that News18 India on a regular basis, telecasts TV debate shows with speakers from Pakistan also who venomously abuse top constitutional post holders of India and Army Chiefs News18 India in their reply stated that the complainant has not raised any objections/concerns against any specific programme aired by the channel i.e. News18 India. In the absence of any specific allegations against any particular programme aired on the channel, they will not be able to address the concerns of the complainant. The complainant alleged that News Nation in a debate telecast on 2.4.2017 between 9 PM to 10 PM was putting the very unity in peril. News Nation in their reply stated that their only motive was to highlight, how people from political or non-political circles use various symbols and tenets of faith to speak out or make statements which, in a civil society, can't be justified in any form; that the show itself was on the line that nobody is entitled to use faith in a form which can hurt anybody's belief or religious sentiments; that the theme of the show was around people using religious beliefs for serving their own interests; and that the debate was around faith which can be termed as the core element of religion.

Decisions

18.7.2017
News 18 India With regard to the said complaint against News18 India, NBSA decided that since no specifics were given, the complaint be closed and MoI&B and the broadcaster be informed accordingly. News Nation NBSA considered the complaint, the response given by News Nation and also viewed the CD submitted by them. It did not find any violation of NBSA Regulations or Guidelines. It also found that the format of the discussion/debate and selection of participants/panellists is a matter of editorial discretion. Therefore, NBSA decided to note the grievance made out by the complainant and close the complaint and inform the MoI&B accordingly.

S.NO 7. Channel Aaj Tak, India Today Complainant Mr. Acharya Azad Singh Arya [MoI&B] [2] Date of Broadcast 20.4.2017 Complaint

The complainant stated that in the programme, Khabardar, on Aaj Tak channel, the channel purported to show those indulging in fracas and violence as activists of Go Raksha Dal but those shown by the channel were not activists of Go Raksha Dal. It is alleged that the news channels never show news of incidents in which cow smugglers have attacked cow protectors and four of them have even lost their lives or incidents where cow protectors were injured in firing and other violent attacks by the cow smugglers, despite the availability of sufficient proof for the same. The broadcaster stated that the object of the broadcast was to bring out the actions of the people who were hooligans in the name of Goraksha; and that the impugned news item was aired in public interest to spread information of those who claim to be the protector of cows in India. It was contended that at no point the channel had either criticized or defamed Hinduism and showed disrespect to any religion, or anybody's faith or belief.

Decisions

18.7.2017
NBSA considered the complaint, the response and also viewed the CD of the alleged broadcast. 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.

S.NO 8. Channel India Today Complainant Mr. Anshoo Saini [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 19.4.2017 Complaint

The complainant alleged that the anchor while covering the protest of Tamilnadu farmers was asking the group to firm their resolve to commit mass suicide in case all of their demands are not met; and that the anchor incited the leader of the group by reminding him that his followers are dwindling by the time and by asking leading questions. Broadcaster in their reply denied the allegation/imputation.

Decisions

18.7.2017
NBSA considered the complaint, the response and also viewed the CD of the alleged broadcast. 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.

S.NO 9. Channel Various Channels Complainant Mr. Akash Agarwal [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast NA Complaint

The complaint is of a general nature against ‘misuse of power of electronic media’ and the need to curb their power.

Decisions

18.7.2017
NBSA noted that in the absence of details of any specific broadcast, no action can be taken on such broad allegations. NBSA decided to close the matter and inform the MoI&B accordingly.

S.NO 10. Channel Aajtak Complainant Mr. Rabindra Dwivedi [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 10.11.2016 Complaint

The complaint was that in the ‘Halla Bol’ programme telecast on 10.11.2016, the anchor defamed the Congress Spokesperson and the entire party; that the anchor chose to bolster the morale of the BJP and also repeatedly showed the statement of the Finance Minister; and that this was done only to mislead the people of India, who are facing lots of problems because of the BJP in the wake of demonetization of high currency notes. The broadcaster stated that the news item was telecast keeping in view the public sentiment to be ready to take the inconvenience caused by the decision of demonetization in their stride as the public realized that the larger intent was to remove black money from the country. It was pointed out that the broadcast also touched upon the inconvenience caused due to demonetization to the general public.

Decisions

18.7.2017
NBSA considered the complaint, the response and also viewed the CD of the alleged broadcast. 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.