Taming Zee News

IN Media Watch Briefs | 10/02/2018
The News Broadcasting Standards Authority has rejected the appeal by Zee News on its order of September 2017 to pay Rs one 1 lakh as a fine for its report ‘Afzal Premi Gang ka Mushaira’ broadcast on March 9, 2015, targeting poet and activist Gauhar Raza and to tender an apology.  The NBSA was acting on a complaint filed by litteratuer Ashok Vajpayi, singer Shubha Mudgal, actor Sharmila Tagore and writer Syeda Hamid.  Zee News  has been asked to display the apology on 16.2.2018 at 9 pm and deposit Rs one lakh within seven days.                      
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Journalists covering the ongoing protest of residents of the coastal town of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu were at the receiving end of police violence and found their cameras and cellphones snatched. The residents were demanding immediate closure of Vedanta Sterlite's copper operations and the agitation turned bloody, leaving one person dead in police firing.          

According to this report  34 people who were employed by  ABP Ltd through contractors for different departments, and were fired,  have been protesting outside the ABP premises for almost a month now but there has been no media coverage. Their troubles began when they formed a union in response to not being paid minimum wages by their contractors in 2016. Their union is affiliated to the TMC. They were fired after forming a union.The ABP management has not met them yet. Media outlets approached by the workers have declined to cover their plight. The Labour Minister has lent them a ear, but that has not resulted in any action.                     

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