The National Broadcasting Standard Authority (NSBA) imposes a fine of ₹1-lakh to Hindi-Television Channel “Aaj Tak” for telecasting fake tweets related to late actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
NBSA has decided that the broadcaster “Aaj Tak” be directed to air an Apology in view of the fact that it did not conduct the due diligence required prior to telecasting the tweets and attributing them to late actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
It has been mentioned that, the text, date and time of the apology will be given to the broadcaster. Proof of compliance of telecast of the apology to be submitted on compact disc within 7 days of telecast.
NBSA decided that the videos of the said programmes if hosted, on the website of the broadcasters, YouTube or other links should be removed immediately and confirmed to NBSA within seven days.
With regard to the telecasts of the channels “Aaj Tak” and “India TV”, NBSA decided that the channels should apologise for the egregious violations of the aforesaid Guidelines and in particular for the manner in which the images of the body of Sushant Singh Rajput were shown.
With respect to the telecast of the channel “ABP Majha TV”, the fact that the close-up images of the body of Sushant Singh Rajput were not shown, NBSA issues a warning to the said channel not to repeat the violation in future. Same warning issued for “News Nation”.
“Aaj Tak”, displayed headlines while covering the story- like “Aise kaise hit-wicket ho gaye Sushant?”. Sushant zindagi ki pitch par hit-wicket kaise ho gaye”, ‘Sushant itne ashant kaise’? Also, “Zee News”, for “Patna ka Sushant, Mumbai me fail kyu?”. “News 24” for “Hey, why didn’t you watch your own film Sushant?”.
The programmes carried the aforementioned Taglines, NBSA is of the view that the said broadcasters have violated the Specific Guideline Covering Reportage. The above mentioned channels are demanded an on-air apology by the NBSA.