Victimization, harassment and defamation by local news media
  • Petitioned Ntv Telugu News Channel

This petition was delivered to:

Ntv Telugu News Channel
tv9
ABN Andhra Jyoti
Sakshi TV
Studio N
News24
CVR

Victimization, harassment and defamation by local news media

    1. Rupali Samuel
    2. Petition by

      Rupali Samuel

      Hyderabad, India

All we did was have a farewell party, and we ended up harassed, abused and maligned on camera.

On 11th April, we were at a private farewell party at Rain, a Club in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. As we were leaving, we noticed a man videotaping our female friends on his phone. We confronted him about this and asked him to hand over the phone or delete the video.

Soon a crowd had gathered around us, including police personnel and one media crew. The media crew started filming us without our permission. They did not make any effort to enquire about the reason for the confrontation, focussed instead on tormenting and chasing us.

The next day, we woke up to the news that a local news channel, TV9 had run a completely concocted news story using the video taken the night before. As a part of  their moral policing campaign against ‘club culture’, we were displayed as under-aged girls who were drunk and were creating a ruckus. None of us were drunk or under-aged, and the TV report itself admitted to being clueless about why there was such an obvious confrontation.

This report was soon joined by numerous others from other channels including ABN Andhra Jyothi, Saakshi TV, Studio N, NTV Telugu News Channel, CVR News, and TV11. All of them were sensationalist, unresearched and extremely grotesque in their manipulation of the truth.

The news channels’ portrayals are rife with images of our harassment, which was only furthered by their treatment of the footage and the hateful commentary that went with it. All of the reports that were aired distributed footage of us without our consent, were obviously misleading and even defamatory and completely disregarded the gravity of the context in which the confrontation arose.

Attempts to contact the channels in order to demand explanations yielded no results. Their officials gave evasive answers and did not cooperate with any request to issue clarifications. We were even told that they had done nothing wrong and that there was no point in cross-checking.

In light of the evident transgressions on the part of the media, (who engaged in relentless sensationalism, resorting to cheap and lowly tactics to raise TRPs and viewership) we demand that all of the TV channels including ABN Andhra Jyothi, TV9, Saakshi TV, Studio N, Ntv Telugu News Channel, CVR News, and TV11, to -

1. Take down the video and

2. Issue public apologies in their respective media.  

Help us ensure that these media do not resort to moral policing and unprofessional, sensationalist journalism in the future.

1) www.firstpost.com/living/hyderabad-shame-how-the-media-framed-innocent-women-699360.html

2) www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/people/Wronged-girls-now-ready-to-fight-back/articleshow/19542082.cms

To:
Ntv Telugu News Channel
tv9
ABN Andhra Jyoti
Sakshi TV
Studio N
News24
CVR
To the Mediapersons,

In light of the evident transgressions on the part of the media, we demand that all of the TV channels, websites broadcast/hosted these defamatory videos/articles issue public apologies in their respective media. We also demand that all these media outlets run a story with the students’ clarification immediately.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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      Rupali Samuel
      Petition Organizer

      Please also read, sign and share the broader petition we are sending out to the News and Broadcasting Standards Association, Press Council of India and others.
      http://www.change.org/en-IN/petitions/stringent-action-against-media-houses-participating-in-voyeuristic-reporting

      http://notdrunkenyouth.wordpress.com

      therealstory

      It's been 24 hours since the offending footage was first published, and we're overwhelmed by and grateful for the support we're getting. There are a whole lot more of videos that still need to go down.

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    Reasons for signing

      • 8 months ago

      To ensure safety.

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      • 11 months ago

      Mental Harassment

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 11 months ago

      "…gender equality is critical to the development and peace of every nation."

      -- Kofi Annan

      "…there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women."

      -- Kofi Annan

      "women themselves have the right to live in dignity, in freedom from want and freedom from fear. On this International Women's Day, let us rededicate ourselves to making that a reality.

      -- Kofi Annan

      When women thrive, all of society benefits, and succeeding generations are given a better start in life.

      -- Kofi Annan

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    • ganesh dhakne VASAI, INDIA
      • about 1 year ago

      media running for TRP only & forgetted abour their prime responsibility.

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    • Deepu Jose INDIA
      • about 1 year ago

      Because Moral Policing is only an excuse to create compromising situations to disturb people's personal space and facilitate corruption.

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