On 25th May, Republic Bharat, a well known television news channel broadcast a news wherein it was claimed that Faridabad Police has arrested a total of 12 Markaz Jamatis who has Indonesian and Philistine nationalities.
In no time, Faridabad Poice fenced itself with a disclaimer on Tweeter stating the News is untrue and the said Jamatis were arrested on 12th May and has already been released on bail on 19th May.
Faridabad Police has requested the news channel to not to mislead the people deliberately through broadcasting such news.
However, people have mixed reason over the Disclaimer issues by the Faridabad Police and also the event so presented by R. Bharat in a particular way.
While people criticized the attempt of R. Bharat to trick down the public at the same time they have also showed displeasure over the lethargic reply of the Faridabad Police.
Avinash Kadbe, a twitter user wrote, “@FBDPolice आप इनको चेतावनी देकर छोड़ देते हैं! तभी यह देश मैं हिन्दू मुस्लिम समुदाय के बीच नफरत पैदा करते है! मेरा आपसे अनुरोध है! आप इस न्यूज चेनल पर उचित कार्यवाही करे! ताकि यह देश की जनता को गुमराह ना कर सके!”
“FBDPolice The reason you leave them merely with warnings creates hatred among the Hindu Muslim community in this country! I request you! Take appropriate action on this news channel! So that it does not mislead the people of the country! “
“इस चैनल का काम ही है धर्म के नाम पर एक दूसरे को लड़ाना और उस पर फालतू का डिबेट करना।” “The only job of this channel is to fight each other in the name of religion and debunk it unnecessarily. – Raj_Vns
This is not the first time while R. Bharat in its attempt made you to believe something that is no true and lacks evidence.
The government routinely issues advisories asking news channels to refrain from broadcasting content which is “likely to instigate violence or which promotes anti-national attitudes”, yet the lack of enforcement of relevant laws let such news actors go scot-free.
Overall legislation on media concentration lacks uniformity, consistency and effectiveness, Hence, news channels today are governed by mechanisms of self-regulation. One such mechanism has been created by the News Broadcasters Association. The NBA has devised a Code of Ethics to regulate television content.
The News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA), of the NBA, is empowered to warn, admonish, censure, express disapproval and fine the broadcaster a sum upto Rs. 1 lakh for violation of the Code.
Yet we rarely witness any such penalty for wrongdoings by News Channels, however it will not effect much the news channels so punished yet it will, at the minimum certify such acts which will also make the public at large aware of such fake news or false claims.
While the recent case demands a police intervention under relevant sections of CrPC which is in now way get in conflict with any such self regulation, monitoring and legal conducts of news channels yet mere an advisory or declaimer, as the past suggests, have no effect on the News channels which for various reasons manipulate news in a particular way.
A Web Magazine New Scientist writes “Fake news shapes our opinions even when we know it’s not true” hence viewers/readers are advised to always have a second thought on information which pushes you to think or make your mind in a particular way.