I&B Ministry bans 2 Malayalam TV channels for biased coverage of Delhi riots

On charges of biased reporting of Delhi riots with a deliberate focus on the vandalism of CAA supporters, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) had suspended two Malayalam news channels – Asianet and Media One for 48-hours on 6th March 2020.

Crux of the Matter

Breach of Law, Says IB
The I&B Ministry reprimanded both the channels and said that such reporting could enhance the communal disharmony and it should have been reported in a balanced way.

The Ministry says the coverage of Delhi riots violated Rule 6(1c) which states that ‘no program should be carried in the cable service which contains an attack on religions or communities or visuals or words contemptuous of religious groups or which promote communal attitudes.’

Secondly, they were also held responsible for violating Rule 6(1e) that states that ‘no program should be carried in the cable service which is likely to encourage or incite violence or contains anything against maintenance of law and order or which promote anti-national attitudes.’

The Central government had revoked the ban on 7th March hours after the two channels were charged for ‘being biased and critical of the police and RSS.’

NBA
News Broadcasting Association President Rajat Sharma condemned the decision of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and said, “I am shocked to learn that a decision like this was taken without the knowledge of the Minister for Information & Broadcasting.”

The NBA has asked that all complaints relating to the broadcast of news should be referred to the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA). Rajat Sharma also demanded an inquiry in this regard and appreciated the concern shown by PM Narendra Modi in this matter and the subsequent withdrawal of the imposed ban.

I&B Minister Mr.Prakash Javadekar said, “The PM has expressed concern over the entire issue… and the government supports press freedom. We would look into the matter and take the necessary steps. But let me also tell you that everybody should accept that there has to be responsible freedom.”

Media One is owned by Madhyamam Broadcasting Limited which is backed by Jamaat-e-Islami. Asianet News is indirectly owned by BJP Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar.

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The News Broadcasters Association is a private association of different current affairs and news television broadcasters in India established by leading Indian news broadcasters on 3 July 2007. The NBA represents the private television news & current affairs broadcasters. It is the collective voice of the news & current affairs broadcasters in India. It has presently 27 leading news and current affairs broadcasters (comprising 77 news and current affairs channels) as its members lead by Mr.Rajat Sharma (Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of India TV) as the President. More Info

AAP gives its nod to prosecute Kanhaiya and Others in the JNU Sedition Row

On 20th February, the Delhi government gave its green signal to the Delhi police to conduct legal proceedings on former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and 9 others in connection with the 2016 Sedition Case.

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On 14 January the police filed a charge sheet against Kanhaiya, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and other students for leading a procession that raised the seditious slogans on the JNU campus during an event on 9 February 2016.

The BJP has repeatedly alleged the AAP government for not allowing the proceedings in the JNU case. Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari said, “the Kejriwal government perhaps gave the approval in view of the current political situation.” However, Aam Aadmi Party has denied the allegations of blocking the proceedings in the matter. AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha said, “the Law Department of the Delhi government has given its opinion on this matter to the Home Department after due diligence.”

After this move, Kanhaiya and Umar Khalid tweeted their response and asked the Delhi police to ensure speedy justice.

Appointed by the Delhi government, Rahul Mehra will be fighting the case for Delhi Police. Many have brought up his staunch support for Kanhaiya Kumar with respect to the tukde-tukde case in the past.

What’s the 2016 Case?
According to the charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police; on 9 February 2016 Kanhaiya, Khalid and Bhattacharya led a procession and raised anti-national slogans at an event on the university campus. On 12 February 2016, Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested and a case was registered against him on 13 February, under IPC 124-A for Sedition and 120-B Criminal Conspiracy.

The police said they have the video evidence where Kanhaiya is seen leading the students who were raising anti-national slogans like “Bharat Tere Tukde Honge InshaAllah InshaAllah“, and “Afzal Hum Sharminda Hai, Tere Qatil Zinda Hai” and which was identified by the witnesses in the videos. They were protesting in an event organized by students at the JNU campus against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. And after complaints from BJP MP Maheish Girri and the ABVP, Kanhaiya was charged, arrested and later released on bail.

Kanhaiya Kumar then had denied all the charges against him and said in an interview that “I dissociate myself from the slogans which were shouted in the event. I have full faith in the Constitution of the country and I always say that Kashmir is an integral part of India.”

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Kanhaiya Kumar is the former president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union and presently, the National Executive Council member of Communist Party of India. He joined the AISF and a year later was selected as a delegate at its conference in Patna. After completing his post-graduation with an MA in sociology from Nalanda Open University in Patna; Kanhaiya Kumar moved to Delhi and after ranking first in the JNU entrance exam in 2011, joined JNU where he got his PhD. In 2015 September, Kanhaiya Kumar became the first AISF member to become president of the JNU students’ union. More Info

On 9 February 2016 some students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) held a protest on campus against the capital punishment meted out to the 2001 Indian Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Kashmiri separatist Maqbool Bhat. The organizers of the event were former members of the Democratic Students Union (DSU). The event was held despite the University administration withdrawing permission for the event shortly before it was due to begin, due to protests by members of the ABVP. The event saw clashes between various student groups and according to a video circulated by Zee News a small group of individuals shouted “anti-India” slogans. Thousands of students, faculty, and staff protested the arrest at JNU, and classes at the University were stopped for several days. More Info

Delhi Violence Escalation Takes Life of Young IB Officer, AAP MLA Booked

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councilor Tahir Hussain (in image) has been booked by Delhi Police on charges of murder, arson, and violence on February 27. He is accused of murdering 26-year old Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer Ankit Sharma during the violent clashes in Delhi. You can read Summachar’s coverage on Delhi Violence here.

Crux of the Matter

The Delhi Police has registered an FIR against Hussain under Section 302 (murder) at the Dayalpur police station. The family of the Intelligence Bureau officer who died during the riots accused Tahir Hussain of killing him.

Tahir Hussain denied any involvement in the riots or in the murder of the IB officer. He said, “It is wrong to target me. I and my family have nothing to do with it.” Aam Aadmi Party has suspended Tahir Hussain after the action by the Delhi Police.

The IB officer’s dead body was found from Chandbag drainage in Jaffrabad on February 26. He was allegedly beaten to death by a mob on 25 February. His body was sent for autopsy and it was found that he was stabbed multiple times. Ankit Sharma’s father, Ravinder said, “Hussain’s supporters killed and shot him after he was beaten.”

Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leaders have accused Hussain and AAP of instigating violence and triggering a riot-like situation. A preliminary investigation found that Tahir’s four-storey house was allegedly used for hurling stones, petrol bombs, and chemicals during the violence.

On the contrary, Tahir Hussain targeted the BJP leaders, including Kapil Mishra and demanded strict action against them for giving instigative speeches. Until now 34 people have been killed and over 200 injured in the clashes between anti and pro CAA groups.

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The Intelligence Bureau is India’s internal intelligence agency. It is reputed to be the oldest such organization in the world. Arvind Kumar, the current director of the IB, took over from Rajiv Jain on 26 June 2019. the IB is used to garner intelligence from within India and also execute counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism tasks. The Bureau comprises employees from law enforcement agencies, mostly from the Indian Police Service (IPS) or the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and the military. The IB is particularly tasked with intelligence collection in border areas, following the 1951 recommendations of the Himmat Singh Ji Committee, a task entrusted to the military intelligence organisations prior to independence in 1947. All spheres of human activity within India and in the neighbourhood are allocated to the charter of duties of the Intelligence Bureau. More Info

JNU Warns Students Who Boycott Exams to Protest Hostel Fee Hike

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has warned students who are boycotting exams to protest against the hike in hostel fees that they will not be eligible to register in the next semester if they fall short of the academic requirements of the institution

Crux of the Matter
  • In JNU, evaluation of students is conducted in different modes of home assignments, quizzes, term papers, presentations, sessional examinations etc.
  • Some protesting students prevented bonafide students from writing the end-semester examinations the deans of Schools and chairpersons of Special Centres have decided to give ‘take-home exams’ to the students.
  • Every student willing to take the exam will have the opportunity to write the exam.
  • The university administration said, “Those who refuse to write the exams on their own will, in spite of the fact that the university is making every effort to conduct the examinations, will not be eligible to register in the next semester if they do not fulfil the academic requirements as per University ordinances.”
  • JNU students boycotted exams on the issue of hostel fee hike and have condemned the university for sending question papers to students via WhatsApp.
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Jawaharlal Nehru University is a public university located in New Delhi, India. It was established in 1969. It was named after Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister. G. Parthsarthi was the first vice-chancellor. Prof. Moonis Raza was the Founder Chairman and Rector. The bill for the establishment of Jawaharlal Nehru University was placed in the Rajya Sabha on 1 September 1965 by the then minister of education, M. C. Chagla. During the discussion that followed, Bhushan Gupta, member of parliament, voiced the opinion that this should not be yet another university. New faculties should be created, including scientific socialism, and one thing that this university should ensure was to keep noble ideas in mind and provide accessibility to students from weaker sections of society. The JNU Bill was passed in Lok Sabha on 16 November 1966 and the JNU Act came into force on 22 April 1969. More Info

Protest against CAA Turns Violent in Delhi's Seelampur

Clashes erupted between police and a violent mob after the crowd marching in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act was stopped by the police from moving forward at the Seelampur Chowk in East Delhi at around 2 pm on December 17. Massive stone pelting, damage to DTC buses and tear gas shelling is being reported.

Crux of the Matter
  • The protest began at around 12 pm. The protesters raised slogans against the CAA and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
  • The violent protests in Seelampur littered roads with stones, damaged window paned of buses and remains of motorbikes along with thousands of people on the streets.
  • Mosques made appeals via loudspeaker asking people to maintain peace and remain calm.
  • Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) also closed the entry and exit gates of seven metro stations near the Seelampur area in northeast Delhi due to the protest.
  • Deputy Commissioner of Police Amit Sharma was injured in the clash as he was hit on the head by a stone.
  • Police brought the situation under control in the area but is not aware of the organisation behind the protest.
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The Citizenship Amendment Act protests of 2019 in India are a series of ongoing protests in India against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act of 12 December 2019. The reasons given for the protests by participating students organisations, humans rights activists, Muslim organisations and secular groups include alleged religious discrimination and police brutality on university campuses during demonstrations. The people of Assam and other northeastern states are opposing the Act for fear that settlement of non-Muslim illegal immigrants in their regions would change the demographic balance. The protests started in Assam on 4 December 2019, after the bill was introduced in parliament. Later, protests erupted in all of Northeast India, and subsequently all major cities of India. On 15 December, police forcefully entered the campus of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University, where protests were being held. More Info