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New Delhi, Oct 9 : Amid the heated TV news wars after the sensational revelation where the Mumbai Police claimed to have busted a major scam of manipulation of TRP (Television Rating Point) data by at least three TV channels and nabbed two persons, the Union Information & Broadcasting Ministry had to step in.
While mentioning no channel specifically, the I&B Ministry released an advisory asking channels not to defame or slander individuals or organisations. The advisory was issued to all satellite TV channels. The Ministry cited Rule 6 (1) (d) of the Programme Code which prohibits “anything obscene, defamatory, deliberate, false and suggestive innuendos and half truths”.
The Ministry also cited Rule 6 (1) (i) that prohibits anything that “criticizes, maligns or slanders any individual in person or certain groups, segments of social, public and moral life of the country”.
It cited a Delhi High Court verdict last month that hoped that the “media houses and television channels would show restraint in their reporting”.
This advisory comes in the wake of the Mumbai Commissioner of Police Param Bir Singh naming Republic TV as one of the 3 channels who allegedly indulged in fraudulent activities to garner TRPs. What followed was a no-holds barred war between Republic TV and India Today TV where the former said that the latter is named in the FIR and India Today TV hitting back.
Just a couple of days back at an event Union I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar had slammed TRP driven journalism. “We believe in self-regulation and freedom of the media. But the media needs to re-think TRPs. There should be a better way to monitor popularity. Responsible journalism should not suffer due to the pressure of TRPs,” Javadekar had said.

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