Popular Front seeks legal recourse against media vilification

“The BJP government is trying to divert the public attention from the ongoing nationwide protests CAA-NRC-NPR by scattering blatant lies against Popular Front of India through the certain media under their control. In this new round of vilification campaign against the organisation the puppet media carries the ulterior motive of serving the agenda of a failed government. Some print, electronic and visual media including Republic TV are leveling baseless allegations against Popular Front. We are resorting to the legal measures as before against them”, said M. Mohamed Ali Jinnah, General Secretary of the Popular Front of India.

“The organisation has already sent legal notice to the Republic TV for their recent derogatory news. Already, in 2018, the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) issued warning to the Republic TV on the complaint filed by the Popular Front of India. But the channel has proved it is not ready for self correction.

In 2012, Popular Front filed 10 complaints against print media including Deccan Chronicle, Hindustan Times and Dainik Jagran in the Press Council of India, in which they were warned with the following directions: ‘The press needs to be more careful while publishing name of any organization and alleging their involvement in terrorist activities. Before publishing such news proper investigation is essential, but was not done, in this case. Newspapers should be more careful in future and make due investigation before levelling such serious charges. We feel this direction is necessary to maintain communal harmony and bind this secular fabric of this country.

Mohamed Ali Jinnah continued: “Apart from this, the Norms of Journalistic Conduct clearly directs that ‘The fundamental objective of journalism is to serve the people with news, views, comments and information on matters of public interest in a fair, accurate, unbiased, sober and decent manner… The Press shall eschew publication of inaccurate, baseless, graceless, misleading or distorted material. All sides of the core issue or subject should be reported. Unjustified rumours and surmises should not be set forth as facts. On receipt of a report or article of public interest and benefit containing imputations or comments against a citizen, the editor should check with due care and attention its factual accuracy apart from other authentic sources with the person or the organisation concerned to elicit his/her or its version, comments or reaction and publish the same alongside with due correction in the report where necessary.

Mohamed Ali Jinnah pointed out that in the matter of some recent reports about Popular Front of India, the above mentioned norms are not followed, but blatantly violated and hence the only way left out is to expose them and bring them to justice.