Decisions

S.NO Channel Complainant Date of Broadcast Complaint Decisions
S.NO 21. Channel Various Channels Complainant Govt. of J&K [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast NA Complaint

MoI&B had stated that they have received a reference from the Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir in which concerns have been raised about negative campaign by some private TV channels in J&K; that some news channels give negative publicity regarding Jammu and Kashmir which is badly affecting the tourist influx into Jammu & Kashmir. Such negative campaign is often seen when tourist season begins in the State; there is an urgent need to advise such channels to stop negative publicity as the State is by and large peaceful barring some unfortunate incidents at some places; this negative publicity is badly affecting economic scenario of J&K; and the coverage should therefore be more balanced and not be alarmist and take factual inputs from the State Government invariably.

Decisions

15.2.2018
NBSA considered the letters and found that the contents of the letters are general in nature and without any details of the alleged offending broadcasts, or violation of the provisions of NBSA Code of Ethics and Guidelines. NBSA decided that some news reports being seen as “negative” in character, cannot be a ground for initiating action against the channels as different persons view a matter from different perspectives. In the absence of violation of its Regulations and Guidelines, NBSA decided to close the matter and inform MoI&B accordingly.

S.NO 22. Channel OTV, NDTV 24x7, News18 India, Times Now, Zee News, India Today, Aaj Tak, ABP News Republic TV Complainant EMMC [MoI&B] [10] Date of Broadcast 3.10.2017 9.10.2017 10.10.2017 Complaint

(i) Apparent violation on OTV It was alleged that “OTV” channel, while carrying the news of a young football player who unfortunately died while playing a match in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj District, had shown a close-up shot of dead body for 30 seconds without blurring it, which was disturbing and not in good taste. (ii) Apparent violations on (ii) NDTV 24x7, (iii) News18 India, (iv) Times Now, (v) Zee News, (vi) India Today, (vii) Aaj Tak, (viii) ABP News, (ix) Republic TV The above-mentioned channels had telecast on 9/10.10.2017 a news story on an African national being beaten up by neighbors in Savitri Nagar, in South Delhi. The channels had reported that a mob had accused him of theft and beat him up, before the Delhi Police could arrest him; and while reporting this news, the channels carried a video showing the African national being tied to a pole and beaten up brutally by some men. The particular clip was repeatedly shown, sometimes blurring the victim and sometimes without any blurring. The said visual was disturbing and unsuitable for unrestricted public exhibition. In the news reports, the channels also added that Delhi Police was not willing to divulge any details of the investigation and was trying to cover up the incident when in fact the medical report had clearly stated that there were injury marks on the victim’s body; and that this incident was a big embarrassment for Delhi Police as they were being misled by the mob who claimed that he fell off the stairs. It is alleged that the channels linked the subject to rising racism in the country by citing incidents caught on camera in Delhi and NCR, adding that racial attack seems to be trending sadly with even politicians indulging in such acts. (x)Republic TV The complaint was that Republic TV had carried a news story regarding a viral video showing a dangerous and risky annual event where infants and toddlers are laid on burning coal and then taken back during a traditional religious practice in a local dargah in rural Dharwad, Karnataka.

Decisions

15.2.2018
NBSA considered the complaint and the response and also viewed the CD. In view of the broadcaster having accepted the mistake and had taken steps internally to ensure that such mistakes do not happen in future, 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 considered the complaints and the response given by each of the broadcasters and also viewed the CDs of the alleged broadcasts. NBSA was of the view that the broadcast was in public interest and it was the duty of the media to highlight the brutality towards a foreign (African) national by vigilantes; and that such news should not be suppressed, but should be reported, as a part of responsible news reporting. NBSA found that the broadcasters had merely discharged their 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 complaints and to close the matter. NBSA considered the complaint, response of the broadcaster and also viewed the CD. NBSA found that such superstitious practices of putting children to risk, danger and trauma required to be exposed by the media; that by bringing to light such harmful superstitious and objectionable practice, the broadcaster was discharging a public duty; and that though the visuals were disturbing, it was necessary to bring to the notice of the society, the risks and dangers attached to the superstitious custom, so as to generate a public debate and public outcry, to catalyse the authorities to take some action. 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.NBSA also decided to forward the complaint along with footage on compact disc (CD) with a copy of its decision, to the Chief Secretary of Karnataka, Department of Women and Child Development, Karnataka, DG Police, Karnataka and the Chairperson, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) for initiating suitable action to put an end to such dangerous and obnoxious practice. NBSA decided to close all the complaints and inform EMMC and the broadcasters accordingly.

S.NO 23. Channel NDTV India Complainant Mr. C.P. Bhardwaj Date of Broadcast 16.11.2017 Complaint

The complainant alleged that the channel was continuously broadcasting news reports favouring 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 Lot 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; that such news reports portraying young boys pelting stones as revolutionaries tended to evoke sympathy for the perpetrators of terrorist act and glamorize them.

Decisions

15.2.2018
NBSA considered the complaint, response from the broadcaster and also viewed the CD containing the broadcast. NBSA was of the view that the content of a 'news report' or 'news story' is a matter of editorial discretion; and that 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 the complainant and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 24. Channel Aajtak Complainant Mr. Mirza Ali, Mr. Tanveer Rizvi [MoI&B] [2 complaints] Date of Broadcast NA Complaint

The complaints were that in Aaj Tak channel studio, anchor Rohit Sardana had insulted the holy Mothers of Islam and Christianity, by using derogatory words.

Decisions

20.1.2018
NBSA considered the complaints and response of the broadcaster. NBSA noted that the alleged content was not aired on the news channel Aaj Tak. The complaint was about a live streaming on their YouTube channel “News Tak” which is not a member of NBA. NBSA noted that since it had no jurisdiction to entertain or receive complaints against non-members or in respect of any non-television reporting/content, it will not be able to consider the complaint under its regulations, NBSA decided to close the complaint and inform MoI&B and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 25. Channel Various Channels Complainant Mr. Nuggehalli Jayasimha [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast NA Complaint

NBSA noted that the Humane Society International, India, an organization working for protection of animals, has alleged that various news reports by the media, including TV channels, often present animals involved in conflict with humans as a threat or nuisance to human life or property, and also invariably criminalize the animals involved in the conflict (like elephants and leopards entering human-dominated landscapes) leading to a widespread outrage against the animals in specific conflicts with humans, as also the entire species, resulting in senseless retaliatory killing of several animals. The Society has therefore urged NBA and IBF to call for a meeting of all stakeholders, to develop a protocol to report upon human-wildlife conflict by the media.

Decisions

20.1.2018
NBSA noted that the news broadcasts with regard to content aired follow the NBA/NBSA Guidelines including the Programme Code of the Cable Rules. In the absence of any violations of the NBA/NBSA Guidelines and Regulations, no action can be taken. NBSA decided to inform MoI&B accordingly.

S.NO 26. Channel News18 India Complainant Mr. N.K. Vohra [MoI&B Date of Broadcast 13.9.2017 14.9.2017 17.9.2017 Complaint

NBSA noted that the complainant wanted a direction to all TV channels not to telecast any debates touching Hindus, Muslims, Kashmir, etc. and not to permit certain named persons to participate in the TV debates. The complainant has also made specific references to two programmes (TV debates) on 13.9.2017, 14.9.2017 and 17.9.2017 where, according to him, the image of India is tarnished in matters relating to Kashmir and which express anti-Hindu sentiments.

Decisions

20.1.2018
NBSA considered the letter, response from the broadcaster which stated that the programmes complained of broadcasts on 13.9.2017 and 14.9.2017 were debate shows and the programme broadcast on 17.9.2017 was a week-end special political satire and also viewed the CD of the alleged broadcasts. NBSA noted that the content of reports and debates as also the persons invited for panel discussions are within the editorial discretion; and an individual's views or perceptions on issues debated or subjects reported upon cannot be grounds to take action against a channel, in the absence of violation of the Guidelines. NBSA decided to close the matter and inform the MoI&B accordingly.

S.NO 27. Channel ABP News Complainant Mr. Avinash Kumar Singh [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 14.11.2017 Complaint

MoI&B forwarded the complaint dated 14.11.2017 alleging that the channel under the pretext of breaking news had telecast an alleged MMS clip of Mr Hardik Patel, with pornographic content.

Decisions

20.1.2018
NBSA considered the complaint, response from the broadcaster where it was clarified that no sex/nudity related clips were shown and all the images were blurred., as per norms and also viewed the CD. NBSA 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 decided to close the complaint and inform the MOI&B and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 28. Channel Mirror Now Complainant MoI&B Date of Broadcast 14.12.2017 Complaint

MoI&B informed NBSA that EMMC, which was monitoring Gujarat Elections, had reported that Mirror Now Channel, at around 12.15 pm on 14.12 .2017 reported that: "Back to election related news and this is now an instruction here coming from the l&B Ministry which has now ordered a Gujarat-based channel to go off air for one day, which is on the 16th of December. This is as a penalty for allegedly violating the program code under the Cable Television Network Act of 1995 which has just yesterday on the eve of second phase of polling today. This particular private channel in Gujarat had played out a detailed interview of the Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Members of the Congress all along been saying that this complain that was put into EC was politically motivated had several counterpoints to argue, but instead taking note of that complaint here that is being made, the l&B Ministry have stepped in and has decided to penalise the given channel for it to remain off-air on the 16th of December. Such reporting by the channel is incorrect and misleading more so since it has been broadcast on the day of polling in Gujarat i.e. on 14.12.2017. By telecasting such misleading news, the channel has exhibited an instance of grave misconduct. Since, Mirror Now Channel is a member channel, NBA is requested to take appropriate action in the matter.’’ MoI&B also forwarded the said complaint to Election Commission of India, which in turn forwarded the complaint to NBSA on 21.12.2017, for appropriate action.

Decisions

20.1.2018
NBSA considered the complaint, response of the broadcaster and also viewed the CD of the alleged broadcast received from MoI&B. NBSA noted that in view of the broadcaster having explained the circumstances in which the telecast went on air and the corrective steps taken by the broadcaster to stop the wrong news report and air the correct script, as also the action taken to reprimand and counsel the anchor, no further action needs to be taken in the matter. NBSA decided to close the complaint and inform the MoI&B and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 29. Channel Manorama News Central Complainant Mr. Shashindren Pulincholi [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 22.10.2017 Complaint

MoI&B forwarded complaint dated 22.10.2017 of Mr. Shashindren Pulincholi alleging that Manorama TV insulted the Indian Army and Prime Minister in a broadcast on 22.10.2017, by showing the Prime Minister attending Diwali function with Indian Army; and the report gave an impression that the Prime Minister had no work so he spending ‘time pass’ with Indian Army.

Decisions

20.1.2018
NBSA considered the complaint, response from the broadcaster which stated that “Vaayil Thonniyathu” “Vaayil Thonniyathu” is a weekly satirical programme lampooning the political figures on the current political situation and did not show any disrespect to anyone. NBSA also viewed the CD. NBSA noted that the contents of a report or a programme is a matter of editorial discretion and an individual's view or perception of an issue cannot be a ground to initiate action against a channel, in the absence of violation of the Guidelines. NBSA therefore decided to close the matter and inform MoI&B and the broadcaster accordingly.

S.NO 30. Channel Republic TV Complainant Mr. Kannan Nattanmai SA [MoI&B] Date of Broadcast 7.9.2017 Complaint

MOI&B forwarded complaint dated 11.9.2017 that Republic TV on 7.9.2017 was broadcasting news item about Tehelka Rape Trial – rather than the news regarding the collapse of a concrete roof of a bus shelter in Coimbatore, which killed 5 people.

Decisions

20.1.2018
NBSA considered the complaint and the response of the broadcaster which stated that even though the complaint does not mention any specific grievance, the complainant seems to have taken exception to the fact that Republic TV was covering news in relation to the Tehelka rape trial, instead of the news regarding the collapse of a concrete roof of a bus shelter in Coimbatore, which killed 5 people. NBSA also viewed the CD of the alleged broadcast. NBSA noted that the content of a 'report', the choice of news, relative emphasis placed on different news, and the presentation thereof, are all matters within editorial discretion and an individual's view or perception of what is an important issue cannot be a ground to initiate action on a complaint, in the absence of violation of the Guidelines. NBSA therefore decided to close the matter and inform MoI&B and the broadcaster accordingly.