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Govt urges TV channels to refrain from airing misleading reports that can disturb peace

The Centre on Saturday expressed serious concern over reporting by some private television news channels about events related to Delhi’s Jahangirpuri violence and Russia-Ukraine conflict without verifying the facts

The Centre on Saturday expressed serious concern over the manner in which some private television news channels are reporting sensitive events related to violence in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area and even global issues such as the Russia-Ukraine conflict without verifying the facts before going on air.

The government has issued an advisory to these channels against airing “unauthentic, misleading, sensational and provocative content” without actually verifying the facts.

In its advisory, the ministry of information and broadcasting said, "It has, however, 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 that is obscene and defamatory and having communal overtones.”

The advisory has also pointed out that this appears to be violative of the Programme Code and infringement of the provisions of sub-section (2) of Section 20 of the aforementioned Act."

The Centre cited the coverage of the recent communal clashes in Delhi's Jahangirpuri on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti by some of the TV channels in a provocative manner.

The Centre made strong objections to 'provocative headlines and videos of violence that may incite communal hatred among the communities and disrupt peace and law and order.'

The channels have also been accused of disrupting the investigations by playing 'scandalous and unverified footage of a specific community thus aggravating the communal tensions.'

"It was also observed that some of the TV 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 Centre said.

The government also took note of the recent coverage of Ukraine war by television channels.

"It has been observed that channels have been making false claims and frequently misquoting International agencies/actors. The channels are using 'scandalous headlines/taglines' that are completely unrelated to the news item."

The Centre alleged that many of the journalists and news anchors made fabricated and hyperbolic statements on the issue.