Sunday, March 06, 2016

Thousands sign petition for action against Zee News for airing biased, misleading news: Ministry urged to ban TV channel over doctored videos, wrong report

A petition urging authorities to take action against Zee News channel for airing allegedly biased and misleading news stories, has got a huge support.

Thousands of people have signed the petition that has been initiated by Neelesh Purohit, urging the Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B) to ban Zee News for its 'unethical and immoral' journalism.

The petition mentions that Zee News has aired doctored and unverified audio clips during the JNU row and that it is not the first time when the channel has been found involved in such enthical journalistic practices.

It urges the government to take action in order to ensure that media, the fourth pillar of democracy, remains neutral and doesn't act irresponsibly. Citing example of allegedly biased coverage during Gajendra Chauhan's suicide case.

Further, it says that Zee News' anchors viz. Sudhir Chaudhary, Rohit Sardana and Rubika Liyakat have been acting as 'undeclared spokespersons of the BJP'. The petition is available at the website, It has already got more than 5,000 signatures.

Zee News has been facing flak for one-sided and biased coverage which has led to polarisation in the society. Its anchors are accused of running a campaign to defame people and groups by using fake and doctored evidence.

A Zee news producer Vishwadeep had recently submitted his resignation as he was disgusted with the manner in which the TV channel was twisting facts and was misreporting events during the recent row over the JNU issue in Delhi.