Explain why you shouldn’t face action for Yakub’s execution coverage: Govt notice to 3 channels

Sources said the I&B ministry obtained video clips of the Chhota Shakeel phone-in and Yakub’s lawyer’s statement from the Electronic Media and Monitoring Centre to get the quotes which have been cited in the notice.

Written by P Vaidyanathan Iyer | New Delhi | Updated: August 8, 2015 8:44 pm
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For the first time since it took charge, the NDA Government has issued separate show-cause notices to ABP News, NDTV 24×7 and Aaj Tak alleging that these three private news television channels showed disrespect to the judiciary and the President of India by airing certain content on the day 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon was hanged. The Union Information & Broadcasting Ministry has asked these channels to explain within 15 days why action should not be taken against them for broadcasting such content.

The content includes phone-in interviews of Chhota Shakeel on Aaj Tak and ABP News in which he claimed Yakub Memon was innocent and said that four mercy petitions were dismissed in a single day. He also alleged that justice had not been done and that he did not believe the court. NDTV 24×7 had aired an interview of Yakub Memon’s lawyer who spoke about how many countries have done away with the death penalty.

The show-cause notices to the channels invoke at least three sections including Section 1(d), Section 1(g) and Section 1(e) of Rule 6 of the Programme Code prescribed under the Cable Television Network Rules, 1994.

Section 1(d) states that no programme should be carried which contains anything “obscene, defamatory, deliberate, false and suggestive innuendos and half-truths.” Section 1(e) states that no programme 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. Section 1(g) bars channels from carrying content which “contains aspersions against the integrity of the President and Judiciary”.

Yakub Memon’s hanging on July 30 came hours after an unprecedented late-night opening of the Supreme Court that eventually rejected a final plea for a stay on his execution. That order came 12 hours after the same bench had dismissed another writ petition by Yakub challenging the validity of the death warrant. Justices Dipak Misra, P C Pant and Amitava Roy also rejected objections raised by Justice Kurian Joseph a day earlier and said there was no legal lacuna in dealing with Yakub’s curative petition which was dismissed on July 21.

Sources said the I&B ministry obtained video clips of the Chhota Shakeel phone-in and Yakub’s lawyer’s statement from the Electronic Media and Monitoring Centre (EMMC) to get the quotes which have been cited in the notice.

At least three orders prohibiting transmission of channels for a period ranging from one day to 30 days have been issued by the Government so far. NDTV Good Times and TLC were taken off air for a day for content described as adult and Al-Jazeera was prohibited for five days after it did not show Jammu & Kashmir as an integral part of India in the country’s map.

Once the channels reply to the show-cause notice, an inter-ministerial committee, which includes officials from the Home, External Affairs and Defence ministries, will review their response and decide on the next step.

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    SARWAR LINCKON
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      SARWAR LINCKON
      Oct 25, 2016 at 5:58 am
      Sushma ji please help me
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        Subodh khanna
        Jan 28, 2016 at 1:45 pm
        cancel ther licences and shut them down for glorifying a terrorist who waged war on india
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          Ashok
          Aug 8, 2015 at 7:49 pm
          It should have been done long back.the freedom of expression has been stretched to the limits of having freedom to become anti nationals by some news channels.
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            Anonymus
            Aug 8, 2015 at 7:20 pm
            Agree... M sure such a big decision is not taken without any evidences against him...
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              Kiran
              Aug 8, 2015 at 12:12 pm
              Well done. Great action by the government.... I think IE should also be given notice.
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                Rohit khare
                Aug 8, 2015 at 10:45 am
                All three media houses fully corrupt and anti national channels. Should be ban#
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                  Sriram
                  Aug 9, 2015 at 3:21 am
                  This is a dangerous trend about the high handedness of the government... Similar to what happened during the emergency period. Though parellels cannto be drawn but the outcome is controlling what the media airs. It is sad and and deplorable what the news channels did. But the government should not be the one deciding what I news they put out... This is just the beginning of curbing civil liberty.. They are already telling you what to eat, this is the begining to what you should hear. The more we agree to such moves which are driven by our emotions the more we give up our rights.
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                    Rekha joshi
                    Aug 8, 2015 at 8:24 am
                    Freedom of expression or speech is only digest beyond limit.Remember
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                      Rekha joshi
                      Aug 8, 2015 at 6:53 am
                      These channels show defamatory,deliberate and half truth.capital punishment will be implement on them.they insult judiciary of India.Don't believe on them.
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                        Suneel
                        Aug 9, 2015 at 3:52 pm
                        Yes it is time we took on the terrible caucus of Media and pseudo intellectuals who given our m communication. Their scant respect for the pillars of democracy needs to be addressed. The poor quality of reporting and cavalier and rapacious presence of some of these reporters needs to be reigned in. They are inciting action against the state and must be warned both by the judiciary and the people of India
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                          Wht2say
                          Aug 9, 2015 at 2:59 am
                          Put a fine on these channels and suspend their operations for a week. Do the same to Times of India and other media that covered the funeral of this terrorist with so much enthusiasm.
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                            Yadwinder
                            Aug 8, 2015 at 3:49 pm
                            It is heartening to hear that govt has issued a show cause notice to these private channels. They always put their own interests before the national interests. NDTV is known as left wing and anti national/bjp Chanel. They love anything/ anyone who is against the nation. Burka duty most corrupt person on any TV
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                              Abhishek Nag
                              Aug 8, 2015 at 11:35 pm
                              Every channel shows different side of truth, to patronize muslims, get more money from advertizing is marketing tactic,,,ndtv should not be banned for yakub memon, but rather for the CPIM link of NDTV owner and kashmiri separatist husband of Burkha Dutt,,,
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                                Raj Malhotra
                                Aug 8, 2015 at 8:51 am
                                Good Job by the government! These channels along with certain newspapers should be penalized and given one of the most strictest punishments. They have done great damage to the country by sympathizing with terrorists and eventually have greatly undermined the judiciary, president, the police, and the victims of the Bombay blast. They are raising anti-national feelings in the people by showing terrorists in a sympathetic way after seeing which people start believing that these convicted terrorists are innocent people and the government is misuing its power. They also undermined the martyrs who died for our country till now fighting terrorists and naxals. This is not curbing of freedom of speech or media as some people have commented here. What these tv channels and newspapers are doing is treason. The media need to have some ethics on how to present the news and which news to present
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                                  Raj Malhotra
                                  Aug 8, 2015 at 8:51 am
                                  Good Job by the government! These channels along with certain newspapers should be penalized and given one of the most strictest punishments. They have done great damage to the country by sympathizing with terrorists and eventually have greatly undermined the judiciary, president, the police, and the victims of the Bombay blast. They are raising anti-national feelings in the people by showing terrorists in a sympathetic way after seeing which people start believing that these convicted terrorists are innocent people and the government is misuing its power. They also undermined the martyrs who died for our country till now fighting terrorists and naxals. This is not curbing of freedom of speech or media as some people have commented here. What these tv channels and newspapers are doing is treason. The media need to have some ethics on how to present the news and which news to present
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                                    Ahtasham Rizvi
                                    Aug 8, 2015 at 8:45 am
                                    This is a good step by the government to censor the media so that the Government systematically suppress and destroy the secular and intellectual fabric of the country. Shame on the government.
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                                      Ajith Nair
                                      Aug 9, 2015 at 3:33 am
                                      Mr. Fake named Sriram, during the emergency, there was no anti-national channel like NDTV supporting terrorists.
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                                        Anab Shanab
                                        Aug 8, 2015 at 10:41 am
                                        Good move these channels airing such coverage could have triggered riots and give fodder for hate mongers in stan to claim that Muslims are not safe in india.
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                                          agajan
                                          Aug 8, 2015 at 10:08 pm
                                          o my god help my country india please let us live like brother and sister we want help from you this nation is nation from here gautam buddha was born ram was born krishna was born why so much hatred among us please god help us teach us humanity why we need india as the time it was called golden sparrow please god help us and put love in our heart krishna please come and save my india i love my india
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                                            Anuj
                                            Aug 10, 2015 at 6:40 am
                                            Let the court decide whether it is their contempt or not. Showing a view point can never be contempt of court. Our courts are competent to take suo motu action in such cases. Why govt is too eager to do this?
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