The News Broadcasting & Digital Standards Authority (NBDSA) has asked Hindi news channel Times Now Navbharat to remove from YouTube and its website a broadcast that gave “communal colour” to the issue of illegal encroachment in Uttarakhand’s Haldwani.
It has also asked another Hindi news channel, Aaj Tak, to avoid using terms that gave a “totally different” dimension to an “otherwise valid issue”.
The orders by NBDSA, an industry body headed by former Supreme Court judge, Justice A K Sikri, came on complaints filed by Citizens for Justice and Peace, a Mumbai-based civil rights organisation.
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In an order dated November 2, the NBDSA said the channel’s show, which was broadcast on January 2 and used the phrase “Zameen jihad”, was a violation of its ‘Code of Ethics & Broadcasting Standards’ and the guidelines on reportage relating to racial and religious harmony.
Saying that it has “decided to admonish the broadcaster not to repeat such violations in future”, the NBDSA asked the channel to remove the videos as well as “all hyperlinks, including access, which should be confirmed to NBDSA in writing within 7 days of the order”.
In a separate order to Aaj Tak over its April 6 broadcast on illegal encroachments in Uttarakhand, the NBDSA said while it “did not find the theme objectionable” it had “decided to advise the broadcaster not to use the term ‘Mazaar Jihad’ so lightly and be careful about the same in future broadcasts”.