Decisions

- Complaints settled at 2nd level of redressal (NBSA) - 0

- Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MoI&B) - 0

- Election Commission of India (ECI) - 0

S.NO Channel Complainant Date of Broadcast Complaint Decisions
S.NO 1. Channel News18 India Complainant Mr. Naval Kishore [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 5.10.2016 Complaint

The complaint was that on 5.10.2016, IBN 7 (now News18 India) had broadcast a news story on BSF’s role at Indo Pak border in Rajasthan; and that in that broadcast, the channel showed several high-tech and low-tech early warning systems installed along the border/border fence, affecting the security of the nation.

Decisions

7.2.2017
NBSA considered the complaint, response and viewed the CD. NBSA noted hat the reporting was with the consent of the BSF. NBSA also found no violation of any 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, complainant and the broadcaster accordingly. NBSA also noted that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting may if they desire forward the complaint to the Defence Ministry.

S.NO 2. Channel ABP News Complainant Mr. Harsh Wardhan Sharma [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 7.10.2016 Complaint

The complaint was that ABP News disclosed the facts related to the recent surgical strike operation of our paramilitary forces, with the title "Russian built Mi-17v-5 military helicopter was used in surgical strike"; that other channels had also telecast similar news stories in blogs, disclosing information relating to the recent surgical strike; and that the ministry should take appropriate action against the ABP News and other channels for directly or indirectly broadcasting information which may assist an enemy country.

Decisions

7.2.2017
NBSA considered the complaint, response from the broadcaster and viewed the CD. NBSA found no violation of any 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, complainant and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 3. Channel Various Channels Complainant (i).Mr.Purva Mahesh Barve [MoI&B] (ii).Mr. Subhash Jha [MoI&B] (iii) Mr. K. Arvind [MoI&B] (3) Date of Broadcast NA Complaint

(i) Complaint: This complainant stated that invariably the news relating to the death of our valiant soldiers is telecast in such a manner that patriotic youngsters become averse to joining the armed forces; that the news channels constantly show video clips of the grieving and sobbing family members of the deceased soldiers; that they further try to evoke the emotions by way of 'Special Reports' with headlines like 'Jawan who was about to get married in a month dies in Pakistan ceasefire violation', by showing his sobbing would-be wife, or 'Soon to-be-father soldier dies in another ceasefire violation by Pak' by showing the wailing wives, mothers and sisters of deceased soldiers. It is alleged that such broadcasts reporting death of jawans in a negative manner would destroy the morale of and turn away the young men wanting to join the armed forces and also affect the psyche of serving jawans. The parents of youngsters will also be scared to permit their sons join the Armed Forces; and that the news channels do not bother about the consequences of discouraging easily impressionable minds of our youngsters about military service, in their quest for higher TRPs. (ii) Complaint: The complainant refers to the negative coverage by the media in regard to the recent attack on Army Camp at Uri, showing the grieving/weeping family members of the martyred soldiers and the negative panel discussions by defence experts. (iii) Complaint: This complaint relates to the manner in which broadcasters reported upon the surgical strike by the Army and trivialization of the issue by politicians during debates shown on the channels.

Decisions

7.2.2017
NBSA considered all the three complaints together. NBSA noted that while it is necessary to keep the people informed by reporting on the killings of Army personnel and on the militant/terrorist attacks, the manner of presentation of the news relating to such incidents in the telecasts by the news channels warrants serious consideration. The manner in which such telecasts of the personal loss and grief of the bereaved family members, have far reaching implications. News channels should report such stories in a positive manner so that such telecasts do not deter the young men of our country from joining the armed forces or discourage the parents of youngsters from sending their sons/daughters to join the armed forces. NBSA also noted that excessive coverage of such incidents would help the enemy/terrorist planners and handlers, in achieving their goal of demoralising the citizens and the country by such heinous attacks. In short, the entire matter becomes a national security issue. NBSA also noted that showing grief of the family members and telecasting personal details of the dead is also an intrusion into the privacy of the families of the jawans who were killed. NBSA is of the view that the broadcasters should sensitise their reports and editorial staff about such matters so that the personal loss and grief of the families do not become public spectacles, demoralising the citizens. While referring to the death of the jawans, the news reports should concentrate upon their courage, their sacrifice and the conditions in which they work. The news reporting should help and assist the families of the martyred jawans to get speedy relief/compensation/benefits from the government. Showing and commenting upon the dastardliness of the attacks and the brave manner in which bereaved families cope up with their losses will send a clear and positive message to those trying to destabilise the country. The Editor members of NBSA agreed that telecast of such stories must be dignified and not voyeuristic. NBSA decided that an Advisory be issued putting together the principles interalia relating to dignity to the dead (not being a public spectacle ), respective the privacy regarding the grief of the bereaved families, soldiers’ honour and dignity and national security etc, which would help improving the presentation of such news stories. NBSA, therefore, decided to close the matters and inform the MoI&B and complainants accordingly.

S.NO 4. Channel Sandesh TV, Live TV, LTV (non-members) Zee TV & ETV (members) Complainant Mr. Rabindra Dwivedi [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast NA Complaint

The complaint was that despite taking byte of the complainant , the channels did not carry his byte or the anti corruption rally on their respective channels.

Decisions

7.2.2017
NBSA found no violation of any Standards or Guidelines. NBSA also noted that the contents on a news broadcast are matters of editorial discretion and no action is contemplated on the basis of an individual’s view or perception on such issue. NBSA therefore decided to close the matter and inform the MOI&B and the complainant accordingly.

S.NO 5. Channel News Nation Complainant Mr. Raviraj [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 18.11.2016 Complaint

The complaint was that News Nation channel carried a news story about printing of new currency notes in India, which disclosed where and how the raw products like paper, ink etc are sourced for printing the notes, thereby jeopardising the financial security of the nation.

Decisions

7.2.2017
NBSA considered the complaint, response and viewed the CD. NBSA found no violation of any 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, complainant and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 6. Channel Aajtak Complainant Mr. Mohammad Imran [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 5.10.2016 Complaint

The complainant alleges that Aaj Tak news channel had telecast a programme on 5.10.2016 at 9:30 pm, which showed how BSF as custodians of our borders secure the riverine areas in the Indo Pak border; and that such report revealed sensitive information which affected the security of the nation.

Decisions

7.2.2017
NBSA considered the complaint, response and viewed the CD. NBSA noted that the reporting was done with the consent of the BSF. NBSA found no violation of any 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, complainant and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 7. Channel Aajtak Complainant Mr. Divyang Adhvaryu [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 14.11.2016 Complaint

The complaint is that the sting operation carried by Aaj Tak on a chartered accountant, showing the advice given by him on converting black money into white money by charging a fee, tarnished the image of the whole CA fraternity.

Decisions

7.2.2017
NBSA considered the complaint, response from the broadcaster and viewed the CD. NBSA found no violation of any 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, complainant and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 8. Channel ETV News Bangla & ABP Anando Complainant Mr. Vicky Singh [2] Date of Broadcast 3.11.2016 Complaint

The complaint was with reference to the content of the news telecast by the channels on 3.11.2016 relating to the murder of a 58 year old lady and two minor girls who were prime suspects. According to the complainant, the channels disclosed detailed information of the murder, the injuries on the body, the description of the suspects and the investigation procedures adopted by the police investigation team; and that due to the channels showing such confidential details of the investigation process such as tracking the signals from a missing cell phone thereby identifying the area (mobile tower area in Siliguri) where the suspects were holed up, the suspects escaped and the investigations failed.

Decisions

7.2.2017
NBSA considered the complaint, replies from both the broadcasters and found no violation of NBSA Guidelines as the broadcasters appeared to have reported the information given by the investigating agency. NBSA therefore decided to close the complaint and inform the complainant and the broadcasters accordingly.

S.NO 9. Channel Aajtak Complainant Mr. Harvinder Soni [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 8.8.2016 Complaint

The complaint was regarding a sting operation aired on Aaj Tak 8.8.2016 regarding cow vigilantism in the state of Punjab and the brutal beating up of suspected cow traffickers on the soles of their feet, so that no evidence is left for the police to register a case against such vigilantes. During the sting operations, the broadcaster spoke to several individuals who were colluding with smugglers of cows and found that deals were being struck to smuggle cows out of Punjab by the very individuals who claimed to be cow protectors in the State, for a price. One of the persons interviewed during the sting operation was Mr. Harvinder Soni, Rajya Up-Pramukh, Shiv Sena, Punjab (complainant), who stated that he was interviewed for more than an hour by the undercover reporters of the channel, wherein he gave his views on the various actions the government should take to protect cows and to stop smuggling of cows.; that his interview was an hour long, the channel only showed 15-20- seconds of his interview and that too by linking his views with the Punjab Convener of Bajarang Dal, Mr Shere Punjab Singh.

Decisions

10.1.2017
NBSA considered the complaint, response and also viewed the broadcast. NBSA was of the view that it was a well researched report story and an informative programme. NBSA found no violation of any Standards or Guidelines in the broadcast. NBSA also noted that the contents on a news broadcast are matters of editorial discretion and no action can be taken on the basis of an individual’s view or perception on such issues. NBSA therefore decided to close the matter and inform the MoI&B, complainant and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 10. Channel INDIA TV Complainant Mr. Gurpreet Singh & Mr. Anshul Pareek (2) [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 19.11.2016 Complaint

The complaint was regarding a show named "Note ki Yatra" at 11:30 PM on 19.11.2016. The complainant had alleged that confidential information pertaining to Indian currency (that is, where the currency is printed, what is the security level where currency is being printed and stored, where it is stored, how currency flows from printing to ATMs, how and where they are installed in an ATM machine, how the currency is tracked when it moves inside the city and then to the ATM's, what is used in printing the currency, how it is printed and from where do they get the raw material to print the currency etc.) were shown in the programme. According to the complainant these were highly confidential information and would give an opportunity for a potential crime or clear invitation to anti-social elements.

Decisions

10.1.2017
NBSA considered both the complaints, the response of broadcaster and also viewed the entire broadcast. NBSA was of the view that it was a well researched report and was an informative programme made with the permission and consent of the concerned department/agencies. NBSA found no violation of any Standards or Guidelines in the broadcast and therefore decided that no action was called for on the complaints. NBSA, therefore, decided to close the matter and inform the MoI&B, complainants and the broadcaster accordingly.