Say NO to poor quality news and debate of private TV news channels .Ask for 1. Quality in news and debate 2. Neutrality in news framing and dissemination of information 3. Professional conduct of anchors.

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Say NO to poor quality news and debate of private TV news channels .Ask for 1. Quality in news and debate 2. Neutrality in news framing and dissemination of information 3. Professional conduct of anchors.

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Urmila Rao started this petition to Shri Arun Jaitely (Ministry of Information and Broadcasting)

The current crop of private TV news channels beaming nation-wide, is way off the journalistic standards. Media, the fourth estate of democracy, plays a crucial role in any democratic setup. It acts as ‘watchdog’ of public interest. The tenets of journalism demands media professionals to be truthful, objective, fair and neutral in dissemination of information. Maintenance of journalistic ethics and high standard of news and debate, therefore, is a natural corollary of journalism.

However, the private TV news channels are way off their mark.These channels dish out sub-standard content.The attitude of anchors as self-appointed vanguards of national interest is arrogant and runs contrary to the spirit of the fourth estate.

The role of  TV news channels as an instrument of media is to empower people through neutral news, not influence them through opinions or dictate their views through repeated broadcast of footage in self-interest. The act of private national TV news channels in making non- real issues to masquerade as real issues is abhorrent, to say the least.

To stop further deterioration of news quality, let’s say NO to all those news channels that engage in lop-sided framing of news/debate, accord disproportionate time  to an irrelevant news/debate, give freedom to their anchors to use provocative intonation while reading news /debate and allows a body gesture that is far from neutral in news/debate. All these aspects now demand professional conduct.

Through this petition,we urge the viewers to demand from these channels:

1.     Quality in news, views and analysis.

2.     Professional conduct of anchors.

3.     Neutral framing and dissemination of news information.

 Right to freedom and expression can’t be held hostage to low quality of news coverage and information. Lack of professionalism and content that is detrimental to our collective national interest is intolerable.The ongoing trend is an assault to our intellect. It’s also a huge disservice to our youth who are being fed irrelevant information couched as news.

 This petition is to urge individuals, students, civil society members, public intellectuals, officials and every viewer, to express their displeasure over the worsening quality of news coverage.

 Any lame defense by these channels in this regard must be met with reasoning. If the defense strategy toes the familiar line of   ‘our freedom is being gagged in democracy’, then let that be an awakening for these channels to mend their conduct and use freedom responsibly for the benefit of viewers. The lack of professionalism of these private TV news channels, which now borders authoritarianism-by way of dictating their views and thought- has come to a serious tipping point.  

 It is, therefore, incumbent on us as citizens to demand quality news, views and analysis henceforth.

 

 

 

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This petition had 112 supporters