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 Suvarna News Complainant Ms Veena Srinivasan [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast NA Complaint

The complainant alleged that the regional Kannada channels have been continuously projecting about the spiritual centre of Bhagwan Shri Satya Sai Baba, based on the reports of CIA; and that the channels have raised questions about CIA’s stay in Puttaparti and Govt’s ignorance about it, etc. She has further alleged that such telecast by media may cause distractions to the millions of youngsters and hurt the feelings of devotees who are studying in the Satya Sai University.

Decisions

24.4.2017
NBSA considered the complaint, response from the broadcaster 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 with this observation and MoI&B and the broadcaster be informed accordingly.

S.NO 2. Channel Asianet News Complainant Mr Jayakrishnan [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 14.9.2016 Complaint

The complaint related to the showing of special programmes on Kashmiri terrorists like Burhan Wani. The channel had interviewed Burhan Wanis father and showing Burhan Wani was a freedom fighter also showing huge flexes of Burhan Wani carrying with AK 47 placed in front of his house and picturizing like they are great hero’s.

Decisions

24.4.2017
NBSA considered the complaint and response from the broadcaster and also 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 complaint and inform the MoI&B and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 3. Channel ABP News Complainant EMMC [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 7.12.2016 Complaint

ABP News '?????? ????? ???? ?????' Mr. Rajeev Khandekar, being an interested party, recused himself from the proceedings. The EMMC related to a telecast by ABP News titled ‘Baghdadi Maange Paagal Bhediye’ on December 7, 2016. It showed ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi releasing a video to instill fear among Kurdish fighters. The video shows Kurdish fighter Abd Islam, caught by ISIS fighters being tied with bag containing a bomb and asked to run for his life and shows the bomb exploding while he is running. The video also shows appalling visuals of the killings of innocent people. It intends to show how ISIS fighters are harsh and ruthless in taking revenge. Another part of the video shows how they slit the throats of Kurdish soldiers and how to spread terror in the name of religion. The complaint is that the video shows how to produce bombs and explosive devices; and that such visuals could cause severe psychological damage on viewers especially children; that the visuals of the Kurdish fighter getting killed are shown without being blurred; and that the channel has repeated the visuals of the execution 17 times during the 9 minute 40 second video.

Decisions

24.4.2017
The broadcaster stated that their editorial team felt that the story in question involved a matter of serious concern and public interest. The footage in question was included in the story as the said footage was testament to the extent of violence being unleashed by the concerned group. As it (Broadcaster) was aware that the images and videos could be deemed disturbing by a number of their viewers, they had ran a disclaimer that the visuals were disturbing and not for the faint hearted or children According to the broadcaster, the story, which involved a serious issue of global concern was relevant and care was taken by prefacing the telecast with an appropriate disclaimer. The broadcaster also stated that it has noted the comments in regard to repeated use of such violent footage and the suggestion of blurring the violent visuals and will keep them in mind in future and implement the same appropriately. NBSA considered the report of the EMMC, response from the broadcaster and also viewed the CD. NBSA agreed with the complaint that no useful purpose was served in showing such violent unblurred footage repeatedly and that while showing the footage once or twice could be justified, the repeated use of the footage throughout the telecast was not warranted. NBSA was of the view that the broadcaster had violated NBSA Specific Guideline 4.5 which states that “coverage of killings, including terrorist attacks, executions and assassinations should not be explicit or prolonged”. However in view of the assurance of the broadcaster to keep in mind the relevant Guidelines NBSA decided to warn the broadcaster to be more careful in future and that any future transgressions would be dealt with severely. NBSA decided to close the matter with such warning and inform the MOI&B and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 4. Channel News 24 Complainant EMMC [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 1.12.2016 Complaint

News 24 '???????? ?? ???' NBSA noted that the EMMC report stated that NEWS 24 had broadcast a news of soldiers who sacrificed their lives in Nagrota in their programme called 'JABANZON KO NAMAN'; that the report showed the body of Major Kunal Goswami who sacrificed his life in Nagrota being brought to his village; and a large number of people having gathered to get a glimpse of him; and that the report also showed a person who joined his last journey used an abusive word ‘XXXX’ while speaking against Pakistan. The complaint was that as the news report was not a “Live” telecast, the channel should have taken care and edited the content (abusive word) and its failure showed negligence on the part of the channel.

Decisions

24.4.2017
NBSA Noted that the broadcaster stated that the programme “Janbazon ko Naman” was a tribute to the soldiers of India, who died while defending the country; that one of the individuals present during the martyr funeral procession, used some abusive and defamatory language in the video clip received from ANI; and that the Anchor on behalf of the channel had submitted expression of regret for the offensive language used by the aforesaid individual. The channel assured to take all the precautionary measures before airing any content/programme on the channel to avoid such mistakes. NBSA considered the report of the EMMC, response from the broadcaster, viewed the CD, and noted that since it was not a live telecast and the footage was sourced from a third party, the broadcaster had the opportunity to edit the abusive and defamatory language in the video clip but failed to do so. However, in view of admission of mistake and assurance that it will be more careful in future , NBSA decided to issue a warning to the broadcaster that any future transgressions would be dealt with severely and close the matter. NBSA decided to inform the MOI&B and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 5. Channel Tez, Zee News, News18 India, News 24, India TV & ABP News Complainant Mr Girish. B. Kedia ,Legal notice dated 13.10.2016 [MoI&B] [6] Date of Broadcast 26.9.2016 & 11.12.2016 NA Complaint

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting vide letter dated 6.1.2017 forwarded legal notice dated 13.10.2016 addressed to TV Today Network Ltd. and others regarding a programme aired on Raadhe Maa on 26.9.2016 at about 10.59 am under the caption “Tera Jaadu Chal Gaya” on Tez channel .Thereafter, vide letter dated 21.2.2017, MoI&B forwarded another legal notice dated 2.1.2017, complaining that Tez News had carried a programme on 11.12.2016 to cause harm to divine reputation and holy image of the said Raadhey Maa.

Decisions

24.4.2017
NBSA noted that the broadcaster responded to the first complaint and stated that they took a decision to immediately withdraw the impugned news item from their websites. In response to the second complaint broadcaster vehemently denied all the allegations made in the notice, and also clarified that there was no intention to tarnish or harm the image or reputation of Radhey Maa or any person associated with her. Further, they did not intend to create any communal or religious disharmony amongst people or followers of Radhey Maa. NBA noted that legal Notices had been sent by the Advocate to various broadcasters calling upon them to desist from broadcasting any video clippings or video contents concerning Radhey Maa in their TV channels and to remove all the audio & visual contents concerning Radhey Maa, which have been uploaded or caused to be uploaded on their websites as well as social media failing which they would initiate strict legal proceedings before the police authorities and courts of law, to which the broadcasters have responded. NBSA considered the complaints, responses from the broadcaster 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 complaints and inform the MoI&B and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 6. Channel News 24 Complainant Mr Sanaya Pandey [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 10.2.2017 Complaint

The complaint was that News 24 was airing a program on Babri masjid demolition which has no relevance today this channel was doing this just to initiate rivalry amongst Hindus and Muslims and to polarize votes.

Decisions

24.4.2017
NBSA considered the complaint, the response from the broadcaster and viewed the CD. NBSA found that the broadcast was under the programme “Itihaas Gawah Hai – Season 3” which related to the political, social and economic developments in the state of Uttar Pradesh. 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 close the matter and inform the MoI&B and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 7. Channel Various Channels Complainant Mr Sayed Furqan Ahmed, President Sahas Foundation, Mumbai [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast NA Complaint

The complaint related to crime shows shown on TV channels. According to the complainant, these shows glamourized and dramatized crime, thereby having the effect of instigating many youngsters to take to crime. Among the channels mentioned in the complaint, only ABP News is a member of NBA . The other two channels are GEC channels.

Decisions

24.4.2017
NBSA considered the complaint and the response given by the broadcaster and noted that the complaint was general in nature; and in the absence of the complaint referring to any specific violation of the Broadcasting Standards or Guidelines no action could be initiated on the complaint. Further, NBSA has a regulation governing the reporting on crime. NBSA therefore, decided to close the matter and inform the MoI&B and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 8. Channel Zee Rajasthan News Complainant Mr Anoop Agarwal, Counsel for Geeta Enterprises [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 3.2.2017 Complaint

Mr. Anoop Agarwal, Counsel for Geeta Enterprises (complainant) had stated that his client is a PHED contractor who is engaged in the business of pipe fitting etc. He has alleged that Zee News Rajasthan (Zee Marudhara ) channel carried a news item on 3.2.2017 at about 8 pm in which his client has been defamed by the channel in connivance with M/s Shyam Industries. The news against the complainant by the PHED Dept. was flashed as breaking news in the following captions at the bottom of the screen: ????? : ??????? ??? ??? ???????? ! ??? ??? ?? PHED ???????? ?? ?? ??? ??? ???????? ?????? ????? ?????????? ?? ?? ???? ?? ?????? ?????? ???? ???????????? ?? ???? ?? ?????? ?????? ???? ???????????? ?? ????? ???? ???? ???????????? ?????? ?? ??? ?? PHED ???????? ??????? ???? ?? ??? ?????? - 3 ??? ????? ?? ???? ?? ???? ???? ?? ????? ??? ?????

Decisions

24.4.2017
NBSA considered the complaint, response from the broadcaster and viewed the CD. NBSA noted that the channel has replied that there is no factual error in the report and there is no violation on its part. It has stated that M/s Shyam Industries had filed a complaint against the complainant with the Superintendent Engineer City Circle, North Jaipur on 02.02.2017; that as per the Public Works Financial and Accounting Regulations of the Government of Rajasthan, a state employee is not authorized to enter into contracts with the related Department; and that upon exposing the case under the said regulations, the Department has not only refused to give the contract to the complainant, but has also initiated further departmental action against the complainant. 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 and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 9. Channel Zee News Complainant Mr Rohit Sharma [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 31.1.2017 & 1.2.2017 Complaint

NBSA noted that the complainant alleged that Zee News channel telecast a programme namely “Taal Thok Ke Note Ka Budget” on 31.1.2017 and 1.2.2017 in which the channel repeatedly flashed the National Emblem of India in the background without permission and illegally commercialized the National Emblem by showing it with the sponsor of the said programme i.e. LIC of India.

Decisions

24.4.2017
NBSA considered the complaint, response and also viewed the CD of the programme. NBSA noted that the broadcaster, in its response, had stated that that any use of the Emblem by ZMCL during the broadcasts dated 31.1.2017 and 1.2.2017 was inadvertent and the violation of the rules in force is regretted. The channel also assured that it will ensure that its programmes are compliant with the provisions of law. NBSA noted that in view of the admission by the broadcaster that the use of the emblem was inadvertent and was in violation of the Rules in force and expression of regret and the assurance given by the broadcaster that such errors will not be repeated, NBSA decided to close the complaint with a warning to the broadcaster and any future transgressions would be dealt with severely. NBSA decided to inform the MOI&B and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 10. Channel Asianet News Complainant Ms. R. Sreelekha [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 20.11.2014 Complaint

At the outset NBSA noted that the MOIB had sent the above complaint dated 20.11.2014 after a lapse of two and a half years vide letter dated 13.2.2017 to the NBSA for its consideration. NBSA noted that the complaint from Ms. R. Sreelekha (an IPS officer of 1987 batch, Kerala Cadre, working as Transport Commissioner in Kerala) alleged that Asianet News Channel started telecasting a series titled “Thieves in Khaki” (Khakkikkullile Kallanmar) from 20.11.2014; that in the said telecast, bits of which were also shown on an hourly news, her picture was shown along with some other officers, while the background bracketed the person shown as “Thieves in Khaki” merely on the basis of a wild and vague allegation made in the statement of one Rahul Nair (an officer suspected of corruption in a Vigilance Enquiry) given to the Director, Vigilance Anti-Corruption Bureau. She further alleged based on her complaint to the Director General of Police, an enquiry had been ordered by DGP to be conducted by ADGP Crimes against Rahul Nair to find out his motives in falsely implicating her in his statement. The complainant has stated that when there were no allegations at all against her under the enquiry ordered by Government, the channel should not have shown her without any basis as one of the “Thieves in Khakhi” . She stated that the said news report had damaged her reputation and sent a wrong message to the public.

Decisions

24.4.2017
NBSA considered the complaint, the response from the broadcaster and also viewed the CD. NBSA was of the view that merely on the basis of an unsubstantiated allegation by an officer under investigation, the complainant ought not to have been shown as one of the “Thieves in Khakhi”, that too without ascertaining her version; and that the broadcaster should not have included her photograph under the caption “Thieves in Khakhi”. However, as the matter is nearly two and half years old, NBSA decided to warn the broadcaster to be careful in future and not to indulge in such baseless allegations and also inform the broadcaster that any similar transgressions would invite serious action. NBSA decided to inform the MOI&B and the broadcaster accordingly.