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TV channels asked to run apology over false charges against RGCT

Posted on Dec 22, 01:59PM | UNI

Charges against the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust over land allotment levelled by TV channels CNN-IBN and IBN7 have been found to be biased and misleading by the News Broadcasting Standard Authority(NBSA), and the channel has been asked to run an apology.

In its order passed yesterday over the complaint of Trust CEO Dr YPS Yadav, the NBSA said the news channels ran the story without confirming facts and did not carry the affected person's version.

The story on allotment of land to the Trust in Ullawas village of Gurgaon had been run by the above channels on August 1, 2011, and complaint by the Trust had been filed by the Trust authorities on September 14 the same year.

The NBSA in its order said the channels " committed egregarious violation of NBA code of Ethics and Broadcasting Standards, especially guidelines relating to accuracy, impartiality and the norm to take the version of the affected person.

The Authority asked the channels to run an apology and express regret over the story for the five consecutive days starting from Monday.

The NBSA, chaired by Justice JS Verma, also imposed a fine of Rs one lakh to be paid within a week, a News Broadcasters Association release said here today.