Decisions

S.NO Channel Complainant Date of Broadcast Complaint Decisions
S.NO 11. 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 12. 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 13. 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 14. 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 15. 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.

S.NO 16. Channel Various Channels Complainant Col. Gurcharan Singh Riar (Retd) [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast NA Complaint

The complainant alleged about the low standard of debates, particularly on important national topics and suggested terms and conditions for the anchors.

Decisions

16.3.2018
NBSA found that the contents of the email were general in nature and without any details of the alleged offending broadcasts. NBSA was of the view that there is no violation of the provisions of NBSA Code of Ethics and Guidelines. NBSA decided to inform MoI&B accordingly.

S.NO 17. Channel Republic TV Complainant Suo Motu Date of Broadcast 10.10.2017 Complaint

NBSA viewed the programme where close-ups of the dead body of Ms. Sunanda Pushkar and body parts were repeatedly shown. NBSA decided to take suo motu action under its regulations as the broadcaster had violated the Specific Guidelines Covering Reportage dated 10.2.2009 which states “The dead must be treated with respect. Close-ups of dead or mutilated bodies should not be shown …”. NBSA decided to issue notice to the broadcaster as to why it should not take action under its Regulations for violation of the above Guidelines. Accordingly, a notice was issued to the broadcaster on 17.11.2017, to which it responded vide letter dated 1.12.2017 NBSA found that while the broadcaster was well within its right to report the news relating to the case, it was not justified in using offensive visuals which were not relevant to the news report. It was of the view that in a report relating to the opening of the room of the hotel as per a Court Order in which the dead body of the deceased was found, repeated showing of the dead body was not called for. NBSA noted that the broadcast violated Clause 3.6 of the Specific Guidelines Covering Reportage dated 10 February 2009 ("Guidelines") which states "The dead must be treated with respect. Close-ups of dead or mutilated bodies should not be shown".

Decisions

16.3.2018
NBSA decided to close the matter with a warning to the broadcaster and that any future violations would be viewed seriously and action would be taken against the broadcaster. NBSA decided to inform the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 18. Channel Times Now Complainant Mr. Vijay Goel, MoS for Statistics & Programme Implementation & Parliamentary Affairs Date of Broadcast 7.10.2017 Complaint

The complainant alleged that the channel falsely imputed that while travelling from New Delhi to Jaipur by Indigo flight on 3.10.2017, he refused to share a coach with other passengers and insisted that the airlines should provide a special personal coach to travel from the boarding gate to the aircraft at New Delhi airport; and that as per the Times Now sources, the Minister waited at the boarding gate for about 45 minutes till the staff arranged a separate coach. NBSA noted that the broadcaster had stated that the information carried as part of the said news report was made available to them by the concerned airport and airline sources who were speaking off record and therefore, no further verification was possible. NBSA also noted that IndiGo Airlines vide its email dated 12.10.2017 denied the news report on the channel and stated that neither the Minister nor his staff had requested IndiGo for a separate bus to transport the Minister from the terminal building of the Indira Gandhi International Airport to Indigo aircraft and there was no engagement or discussion in this regard during the departure process.

Decisions

16.3.2018
NBSA, after consideration, was of the view that sufficient care was not taken by the broadcaster to verify the accuracy of the report and thus violated the Guidelines relating to accuracy, which requires that “information should be gathered first hand from more than one source, if possible”. NBSA decided to close the complaint with a warning to the broadcaster to be careful and that any future violations would be viewed seriously. NBSA decided to inform the broadcaster and the complainant accordingly.

S.NO 19. Channel NDTV India Complainant Ms. Brijlata Rani Date of Broadcast 16.11.2017 Complaint

The complainant alleged that the channel was continuously broadcasting news reports favoring separatists while reporting about Jammu and Kashmir, and that it appeared that the channel was under the influence of separatists and extremists; that in the said programme titled “Bandook Chodo Laut Aao” (relating to the return of Majid Khan to the mainstream after breaking ties with the LeT extremist group), the reporter seems to be working on an agenda to portray the separatists as revolutionaries, to brainwash the youth of Jammu and Kashmir into adopting separatist ideology; that the broadcast was a carefully crafted piece of journalism, facilitating publicity for terrorist outfits and their ideology, and promoting enmity towards the government; and that such news reports portraying young boys pelting stones as revolutionaries tended to evoke sympathy for the perpetrators of terrorist act and glamorize them. NBSA noted that the broadcaster in its reply stated that NDTV India had done a series of stories in November, 2017 on how educated Kashmiri boys are turning into militants; that the whole idea of the series was to raise awareness on how certain anti-national groups are luring the youth of Kashmir towards violence and to emphasize on how Kashmiri youth are not just influenced by global radical ideologies like the ISIS, but also by right-wing issues like the beef ban and cow vigilantism; and that the programme in question was with respect to the second part of the story which was in relation to return of Majid Khan to the mainstream after breaking ties with the LeT extremist group.

Decisions

16.3.2018
NBSA upon considering the complaint, response from the broadcaster and having viewed the CD containing the broadcast did not find any violation of the relevant Regulations and Guidelines. NBSA was of the view that the content of a 'news report' or 'news story' is a matter of editorial discretion; and that in the absence of violation of the Guidelines, an individual's view or perception of an issue cannot be a ground to take action against a channel. NBSA, therefore, decided to close the matter and inform the complainant and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 20. Channel Zee News Complainant Mr. Amit Taksali [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 2.5.2017 Complaint

MoI&B forwarded letter dated 23.5.2017 of the of the complainant which stated that a news regarding action taken by the Indian Army was telecasted on 02.05.2017 by Zee News based on certain information received from the sources. It is stated that said news was also verified from few other sources. It is stated that this information/news was in fact available with all news channels, broadcasters, newspaper and websites which had also aired the story, thus it shall be correct to state that the news aired cannot be incorrect. Furthermore, the accuracy of the said news story is beyond any doubt as neither Defence officials nor Army officials have denied the said media reports as yet. The matter is of strategic importance and hence sometimes Army officials avoid speaking in the media.

Decisions

15.2.2018
With regard to the Zee News report that in retaliation two of our soldiers being killed by Pakistan and two posts of Pakistan were destroyed by Indian Army, NBSA noted that the same issue was being considered in a hearing today on a complaint filed by Dr. Jagdeep Chhokar, against Aaj Tak, India Today, Zee News, ABP News, and India TV, and therefore decided to consider this complaint with the other complaints posted for hearing. Please see Order No. 46(2018) dated 23.3.2018 passed by NBSA relating to the complaint of killing of soldiers.