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Aaj Tak fined Rs 1 lakh by broadcasters’ body for telecasting fake tweets on Sushant Singh’s death

It also asked the channel to air an apology – the content, time and date of which will be given by the authority.

The News Broadcasting Standards Authority has fined news channel Aaj Tak Rs 1 lakh for telecasting fake tweets related to actor Sushant Singh Rajput, Live Law reported on Thursday. The self-governing authority censured the channel and asked it to air an apology, along with Zee News, News 24 and India TV for affecting the dignity of the deceased.

In its order dated October 6, the NBSA said Aaj Tak “did not conduct the due diligence required prior to telecasting the tweets and attributing” those to Rajput. It also said that videos of the same programmes if hosted, on the website of the broadcasters, YouTube or other links should be removed immediately.

The authority will give the text, date and time of the apology. Aaj Tak will have to submit a proof of compliance of telecast of the apology in a compact disc within seven days of telecast.

The NBSA added that Aaj Tak along with India TV News should apologise for the “egregious violations” of guidelines and in particular for the manner in which the images of Rajput’s body were shown. Other news channels like Zee News and News 24 will also have to air apologies in the context of specific programmes and tag lines aired by the channels. It also issued a warning to News Nation for showing Rajput’s corpse but let it off after the channel showed remorse and said it would not be repeated. ABP Majha was also let off with a warning as the authority noted that the channel did not show close up photos of the actor’s body.

The authority pulled up Aaj Tak for its “hit-wicket” tagline, used in the form of a question. “It appears that the questions are being addressed to Sushant Singh Rajput, who is no more, therefore the taglines are offensive, violate privacy and affect the dignity of the deceased.”

On “Patna ka Sushant, Mumbai me fail kyu?” [Why did Patna’s Sushant fail in Mumbai] tagline run by Zee News, the NSBA observed that it gives the impression that suicide is a failure. “There may be various reasons for suicide but the impression created was that a small-town boy committed suicide in a metro city which was his ‘failure’,” it added.

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