Govt to assess news channels’ coverage of Udhampur attack

EMMC, a department under the ministry which monitors around 600 channels, also submits reports related to the coverage of important events, sources said.

New Delhi | Published: August 6, 2015 9:55 pm
Udhampur terror attack, Doordarshan news, Gurdaspur terror attack, Terror attacks broadcast, Terror attacks media coverage, Terror attacks EMMC, Bradcast monitoring, Nation news, india news Security forces during a terrorist attack on a convoy of BSF on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. (Source: PTI Photo)

The government will assess the manner in which the attack yesterday in Udhampur was covered by news channels after many of them, including public broadcaster Doordarshan News, were found to have violated norms in their coverage of the Gurdaspur terror attack.

Sources said that Information and Broadcasting Ministry officials would examine the way in which news broadcasters have covered yesterday’s attack and whether it was in line with the norms.

“There had been some violations on an earlier occasion. The ministry will assess whether norms were followed on this occasion,” a senior official said.

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Electronic Media Monitoring Centre (EMMC), a department under the ministry which monitors around 600 channels, also submits reports related to the coverage of important events, sources added.

Earlier, after observing that some channels had violated norms in covering the terror attack last month in Dinangar near Gurdaspur in Punjab, the ministry had issued an advisory asking them to refrain from live coverage of any anti-terrorist operation, and restrict coverage to periodic briefings by designated officers.

However, the ministry did not have to issue any such advisory in the case of the Udhampur attack in Jammu and Kashmir, indicating that many broadcasters had emerged wiser after the previous incident.

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  1. Agastya M
    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:05 pm
    There are invisible owners of these TV channels; rulers who control the destinies of millions. It is not generally realized to what extent the words and actions of our most influential public men are dictated by such shrewd persons operating behind the scenes. Nor, what is still more important, the extent to which our thoughts and habits are modified by authorities. Only problem is the authority is not always the government. Sometimes its directors are sitting in foreign nations which hate anything Indian or Hindu. RBI and ED must strictly call for a KYC of the owners and find out who indeed are these hidden players.
    1. D
      Dr. Sonali
      Aug 7, 2015 at 6:56 am
      I am total freedom of the press. But let there be a research group that tells the public facts about media trends. How they cover news. Long time back there was a study done by Indian and Eastern Newspaper Society (IENS) on Parliament and the Press. How newspapers covered Parliament session. We need more such factual studies. Just facts.
      1. B
        Aug 6, 2015 at 10:42 pm
        Those medias glorify Jihadi terrorirsts and indirectly and directly support them must be banned and owners punished. NDTV, IE, TOI, The HIndu, Hindustan Times, Times Now must be thouroughly monitored, as they run double-egde business. They pretend they showing patriotism, but glorifying Jihadis using sweet stories.
        1. S
          Aug 6, 2015 at 11:00 pm
          A very simple solution: Everyone between the ages of 18 to 25, including children of Netas, business men, film stars, journalists etc must be made to serve compusorily for 3 years in the armed forces, the paramilitary forces etc. Our politicians will value their freedom much more and the quality of public discourse will improve.