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NBSA Directs 'Times Now' to Air Public Apology for Remarks Against Activist Sanjukta Basu

Lawstreet Journal 28 Oct 2020 12:04am

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Business NBSA Directs 'Times Now' to Air Public Apology for Remarks Against Activist Sanjukta Basu

Times Now TV has been ordered by the News Broadcasting Standards Authority, NBSA, to air an apology to activist Sanjukta Basu for making offensive remarks about her during a 2018 debate. 

In its order, on October 27 at 9 pm, the NBSA asked the channel to air the apology.

The broadcasting authority said that on April 6, 2018, Times Now ran a defamatory program about the author and social activist. In its shows, the channel referred to it as "Hindu hater," "vile troll," and said that it was part of the "troll army" of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, the order said. It added that the channel did not contact her version to get her and also did not check the details until broadcasting, thereby breaching the guidelines of the organization.

"The Authority asked Times Now to broadcast the following message: "We regret that we did not take the version of the complainant Ms. Sanjukta Basu in the programs aired on 6.4.2018-'India Upfront'@ 8 pm and 'The NewsHour Debate'@ 9 pm on Times Now channel, thereby breaching the standards of impartiality and objectivity and maintaining neutrality and fairness in reporting. We describe that there was no intention of discrediting Ms. Sanjukta Basu.

NBSA was of the opinion that there was an absence of program neutrality, the order said. In addition, the Authority demanded that the channel delete any broadcast video from its website, YouTube, or any other links and send it to NBSA in writing. 

The news channel was also ordered to send the compact disc,… Continue Reading...

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