Govt Advisory: Govt issues advisory to TV channels on coverage of Ukraine conflict, Delhi riots

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has issued an advisory to TV news channels to follow programme code following the coverage of Russia-Ukraine conflict, Jahangirpuri riots and news channels debate over it.
“It has been found that in the recent past several Satellite TV channels have carried out coverage of events and incidents in a manner which appears to be unauthentic, misleading, sensational and using socially unacceptable language and remarks, offending good taste and decency, and obscene and defamatory and having communal overtones, all of which appear to be violative of the Programme Code,” the ministry has said in the advisory issued on Saturday.

The Ministry has said that in respect of reporting on Russia-Ukraine conflict, it has been observed that channels have been making false claims and frequently misquoting International agencies/actors.

“Many of the journalists and news anchors of these channels made fabricated and hyperbolic statements intending to incite the audiences,” the ministry said.
Similarly, on the recent incident in North-West Delhi, the coverage by the TV channels had provocative headlines and videos of violence that may incite communal hatred among the communities and disrupt peace and law and order.

“It was also observed that in the news, some of channels broadcast debates having unparliamentary, provocative and socially unacceptable language, communal remarks and derogatory references which may have a negative psychological impact on viewers and may also incite communal disharmony and disturb the peace at large,” the ministry said.

The government has also listed reports that were aired by news channels and were objectionable.

“Government expresses serious concern about the manner in which the television channels have gone about their operations in the matter of transmitting content and are hereby strongly advised to immediately refrain from publishing and transmitting any content which is violative of the aforementioned provisions of The Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and the rules thereunder,” the Ministry has said.

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