The News Broadcasters Association (NBA) on Monday issued a press release that claimed members of 'a certain section of society' had been targeting news anchors and reporters via social media in the wake of reports linking the Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi to the coronavirus boom. The association went on to condemn the actions of those people and invited leaders from that section of society to 'come forward and clear their stand' on the link between the Delhi gathering and the coronavirus.
The NBA counts among its membership such TV channels as NDTV 24x7, Times Now, TV9, India Today, Asianet News and CNN-News18
The following is the association's press release in full:
News Broadcasters Association (NBA) views with grave concern the tendency among people belonging to a certain section of society resorting to abuses and threats against anchors and reporters working in news channels.
This particular trend has been noticed after electronic media recently exposed the role of Tablighi Jamaat in the spread of the Coronavirus, resulting in a nationwide spurt in number of positive cases and subsequent deaths.
Anchors and reporters working in news channels are being specifically targeted through social media platforms like WhatsApp, TikTok and Twitter.
There are videos circulating on social media in which some religious preachers are naming some TV news anchors and threatening attacks on the reporters of those channels.
NBA strongly deplores this pernicious trend in a section of society and appeals to the government and law enforcing agencies to take immediate preventive action against such anti-social elements.
The electronic media has done exemplary work in reporting Coronavirus pandemic in India during the current lockdown and the overall tenor of reporting has been fair, accurate and balanced. All sections of society are given fair representation in TV debates on Coronavirus pandemic.
NBA calls upon religious fundamentalists to desist from issuing open threats and making insinuations against news channels. Such activities are violative of the Fundamental Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression, as enshrined in our Constitution.
News channels are available to all sections of society including the fundamentalists. NBA would like these leaders to come forward and clear their stand on the role of Tablighi Jamaat in spreading the Coronavirus.
Updated Date: Apr 06, 2020 12:46:53 IST