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India: A TV Network Directly Targeting Individuals & Inciting Public Sentiment Is A Dangerous Trend - A statement by concerned citizens

10 March 2016

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MEDIA RELEASE

STATEMENT

It is quite shocking that Zee news has targeted well known academics who are also widely respected public figures. Over the past week, Nivedita Menon — a feminist political scientist, writer, and translator — and most recently, Gauhar Raza — scientist, poet, film maker— have been labeled as "desh drohi" ’anti-national’ by the channel. Gauhar Raza, was portrayed as part of what it terms in derogatory and unethical language the " Afzal-loving poets’ gang". In both cases, decontextualised video clippings of these individuals appearances in public events have been aired and their names repeatedly flashed through evening bulletins.

Singling out of individuals and creating a mass-frenzy against them using the medium of TV is a dangerous trend. Zee TV initiated this defamatory exercise in the case of the students of the JNU also, and these doctored videos have become the basis of arrest and harassment of Kanhaiya, Umar and Anirban. They have not yet apologised for this highly irresponsible act. Despite their bluff being called, they have persisted.

That Zee News can continue to flout all ethical codes of journalistic conduct, and conduct this relentless tirade against Nivedita Menon and Gauhar Raza is criminal and unacceptable. We call upon the Press Council of India and the Broadcast Association to take note of this criminality and initiate necessary action against the channel. We also appeal to the governments of Delhi and the centre to initiate criminal proceeding against the channel for putting a citizen’s life under threat.

We strongly condemn this unethical and criminal act of the Zee news and demand an unconditional apology from them.

  • ABHA BHAIYA
  • ABHA DEV HABIB, DU
  • ABHIJIT A.M, LOKAYAT, PUNE
  • ACHIN VANAIK
  • ADITI MANGALDAS
  • ALKA ACHARYA
  • AMAR KANWAR
  • AMEET PARAMESWARAN, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, JNU
  • AMIT SENGUPTA, JOURNALIST
  • AMITABH PANDEY
  • AMMU JOSEPH, BANGALORE
  • ANAND PATWARDHAN
  • ANEESH PRADHAN
  • ANIL CHAUDHARY
  • APOORVANAND, DU
  • ARCHANA PRASAD, PROFESSOR, JNU
  • ARINDAM BANERJEE
  • ARJUN DEV
  • ARUN KARTHIK B., GRADUATE STUDENT - IIT KANPUR
  • ARUNA RODRIGUES, MHOW, M.P.
  • ARUNDHATI DHURU
  • ASAD ZAIDI
  • ASHEESH MAMGAIN
  • ASHISH KOTHARI, KALPAVRIKSH, PUNE
  • ASHOK BHOWMICK
  • ASHOK VAJPEYI
  • ATUL SOOD
  • AVINASH KUMAR, ACTIVIST
  • AYESHA KIDWAI, JNU
  • AZHAR KHAN, JALGOAN, MAHARASHTRA
  • BAVISKAR SHARAD, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, CENTRE FOR FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES
  • BHASHA SINGH, JOURNALIST AND WRITER
  • BHAVNA SHARMA
  • BRINDA SINGH
  • C.P. CHANDRASEKHAR
  • CHANDRAKANT N GAIKWAD
  • CHIRASHREE DAS GUPTA
  • CYNTHIA KUMAR
  • DEV DESAI, GUJARAT
  • DIKSHANT
  • DILIP SIMEON
  • DIPA SINHA
  • DR AJITA WSS DELHI
  • DR KAREN GABRIEL, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, DU
  • DR SHAMBHAVI PRAKASH, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, JAWAHARLAL NEHRU UNIVERSITY
  • DR. ANAND TELTUMBDE, PROFESSOR VGSOM, IIT, KHARAGPUR 721302
  • DUNU ROY
  • EHTASHAM KHAN, JOURNALIST
  • G. ARUNIMA
  • GAUTAM NAVLAKHA, PUDR
  • GAUTAM THAKER
  • GHANSHYAM SHAH (AHMEDABAD)
  • GITHA HARIHARAN
  • HAPPYMON JACOB
  • HARIDAS T
  • HARJINDER (LALTU) SINGH
  • HARSH KAPOOR
  • HARSH MANDER, WRITER, ACTIVIST
  • HESTER DU PLESSIS
  • HIMANSHU JOSHI, JOURNALIST
  • HIREN GANDHI, - DARSHAN, AHMEDABAD
  • IMRAN KHAN
  • INDU CHANDRASEKHAR
  • IQBAL AHMAD, JOURNOULIST
  • IRA PANDEY
  • JAINANDAN
  • JANAKI NAIR, PROFESSOR
  • JAVED ANAND
  • JAYATI GHOSH, JNU
  • JOHN DAYAL
  • JUHI JAIN
  • JYOTI PUNWANI
  • KALPANA KANNABIRAN
  • KALYANI MENON-SEN, FEMINIST LEARNING PARTNERSHIPS
  • AMMU JOSEPH, BANGALORE
  • KAMAL CHENOY
  • KAMAYANI BALI MAHABAL- FEMINIST, MUMBAI
  • KAMLESH SHAHARE
  • KAREN GABRIEL, DU
  • KARTHIK BITTU, HYDERABAD
  • KARUNA D W, RESEARCHER, CHENNAI
  • KAUSAR WIZARAT
  • KAVERI INDIRA
  • KAVITA KRISHNAN, SECRETARY AIPWA
  • KAVITA SHARMA, JMS, DELHI
  • KHUSHBOO JAIN
  • KIRTI SINGH
  • KM SHRIMALI
  • KN PANIKKAR
  • KUMAR SHIRALKAR
  • KUMAR SUNDARAM
  • LALIT KUMAR
  • LEENA DABIRU
  • M. DAVID AMALANADANE, PHARMACIST, KARAIKAL
  • MADAN GOPAL
  • MADHAVI KALE
  • MADHU PRASAD
  • MADHU SAHNI
  • MADHURESH KUMAR
  • MADHURI KRISHNASWAMY, JAGRIT ADIVASI DALIT SANGATHAN
  • MAHESH PANDYA, GUJARAT SOCIAL WATCH
  • MAHTAB ALAM, ACTIVIST AND WRITER
  • MANAN TRIVEDI, GUJARAT
  • MANASI THAPLIYAL
  • MANGALESH DABRAL
  • MANISHA GUPTE, WOMEN’S RIGHTS ACTIVIST, PUNE
  • MANOJ KULKARNI
  • MANSI SHARMA
  • MARIEME HELIE LUCAS, SECULARISM IS A WOMEN’S ISSUE (SIAWI)
  • MARY E JOHN
  • MAYA PANDIT-NARKAR
  • MAYA VALECHA
  • MIHIR PANDYA
  • MILIND CHAVAN, PEOPLES’ UNION FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES
  • MINAKSHI SINGH, SAMARPAN
  • MK RAINA
  • MOGGALLAN BHARTI
  • MOHAMMAD AMIR
  • MOHAN KUMAWAT, FILMMAKER
  • MOHAN RAO
  • MOUSHUMI BASU
  • MURLI MANOHAR PRASAD SINGH
  • N.D. JAYAPRAKASH
  • NANDINI RAO
  • NANDINI SUNDAR
  • NASEERUDDIN SHAH, ACTOR
  • NASIRUDDIN HAIDER KHAN, JOURNALIST
  • NAVAID HAMID, PRESIDENT, ALL INDIA MUSLIM MAJLIS E MUSHWARAT
  • NEELIMA SHARMA
  • NEERAJ JAIN, LOKAYAT AND SOCIALIST PARTY (INDIA)
  • NIRAJ THOMBARE
  • NISHA BISWAS, KOLKATA
  • NIVEDITA MENON
  • OVAIS SULTAN KHAN
  • PAMELA PHILIPOSE
  • PANKAJ BISHT
  • PANKAJ CHANDRA
  • PARIMAL MAYA SUDHAKAR, HEAD-ACADEMICS, MIT SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT, PUNE
  • PARUL MUKHERJI
  • PATHIK ARORA
  • PENDYALA MADHUSUDHANA CHARY,JOURNALIST, TELANGANA
  • PERVIN JEHANGIR
  • PRABHAT PATNAIK, JNU
  • PRADIP DATA, PROFESSOR, JNU
  • PRAKASH K RAY, EDITOR, BARGAD.ORG
  • PRASAD CHACKO, SOCIAL ACTIVIST, AHMEDABAD
  • PRASHANT BHUSHAN
  • PRATHAMA BANERJEE, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (CSDS)
  • PRATIKSHA BAXI
  • PRAVEEN JHA
  • PRITAM PAL
  • PROF. ADITYA MUKHERJEE
  • PROF. MAYA PANDIT
  • PROF. MRIDULA MUKHERJEE
  • PUNEET SHARMA
  • PURUSHOTTAM AGRAWAL
  • PYOLI SWATIJA, ADVOCATE, SUPREME COURT
  • R. RAMACHANDRAN, JOURNALIST, NEW DELHI.
  • RAJAT DATTA
  • RAJENDRA PRASAD
  • RAJENDRA SHARMA
  • RAJESH SINHA
  • RAJINDER CHAUDHARY, FORMER PROFESSOR, M. D. UNIVERSITY, ROHTAK
  • RAJIV KUMAR
  • RAKESH, GENERAL SECRETARY,IPTA
  • RAKHI SEHGAL
  • RAM PUNIYANI
  • RAMPRAKASH, JALES, MP
  • RAVI KUMAR, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, SOUTH ASIAN UNIVERSITY
  • RITOO M. JERATH
  • ROHIT, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, CESP, JNU
  • RUNU CHAKRABORTY
  • S.P. SHUKLA
  • SABA AZAD
  • SABA DEWAN
  • SABA GREWAL
  • SADANAND MENON, WRITER/CRITIC
  • SADHNA ARYA
  • SAGOLSEM PAVEL
  • SAHBA FAROOQUI, AIDWA
  • SAHIR RAZA
  • SANIA HASHMI
  • SANJEEV KUMAR
  • SANJIV BHATT
  • SANKARA NARAYANAN
  • SARAH HASHMI
  • SAROOP DHRUV. - DARSHAN, AHMEDABAD
  • SATYA SIVARAMAN, JOURNALIST
  • SATYAM VARMA (JOURNALIST, ACTIVIST)
  • SEEMA MISRA, ADVOCATE
  • SHABNAM HASHMI, SOCIAL ACTIVIST
  • SHAKTI KAK
  • SHALINI GERA
  • SHAMA MAHAMED, DENTIST, PUNE
  • SHAMEERA ASHROFF
  • SHAMIM MODI, SHRAMIK ADIVASI SANGHATAN
  • SHAMSUL ISLAM, NISHANT NATYA MANCH
  • SHARANYA NAYAK, ODISHA
  • SHARMILA TAGORE
  • SHEBA ASLAM FEHMI
  • SHUBHA MENON
  • SHUBHA MUDGAL
  • SHWETA BHATT
  • SMITA GUPTA, ALL INDIA DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION
  • SOHAIL HASHMI
  • SUBHASH GATADE, NEW SOCIALIST INITIATIVE
  • SUBHASH KANE
  • SUBHASH, NEW SOCIALIST INITIATIVE
  • SUCHARITA SEN, PROFESSOR, JNU
  • SUDHA BHARADWAJ
  • SUDHIR DEVADAS
  • SUMAN BHATTACHARYYA
  • SUMIT SARKAR
  • SUNALINI KUMAR
  • SUPRIYA CHOTANI
  • SUPRIYA CHOTANI
  • SUPRIYA VARMA
  • SURESH PINGALE
  • SURJIT DABAS
  • SUSAN VISVANATHAN
  • SWATI DESAI
  • SYEDA HAMEED
  • TANIKA SARKAR
  • TEESTA SETALVAD
  • UDAYA KUMAR, PROFESSOR JNU
  • UJJWAL K HOWDHURY
  • UMA V CHANDRU, WSS, KARNATAKA
  • V. RAJENDRAN
  • V.G. ANTO, GANDHI NAGAR, THUMBAL P.O., SALEM - 636 114, TAMIL NADU
  • V.K. TRIPATHI, IIT DELHI
  • VAISHNA NARANG, PROFESSOR OF LINGUISTICS, JNU
  • Vijaya Venkataraman
  • VIKAS DUBEY
  • VIKAS RAWAL
  • VIMALBHAI, ENVIRONMENTALIST
  • VINEET TIWARI
  • VINOD KOSHTI, NEW DELHI
  • VISHNU NAGAR
  • WASI HAIDER
  • ZAKIA SOMAN

[see also related material:

Feminists in Solidarity with Nivedita Menon http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/feminists-in-solidarity-with-nivedita-menon/

Academics Worldwide Against the Vilification of Nivedita Menon http://kafila.org/2016/03/15/academics-worldwide-against-the-vilification-of-nivedita-menon/

Gauhar Raza regarding the attack on his Poem on Fascism : Video interview by Prof Apoorvanand [in Hindustani] https://youtu.be/_QZrO8kGqWM ]

India: The Creation of Nationalist Hysteria - How Zee TV fuelled state action against JNU students (The Hoot) http://communalism.blogspot.in/2016/03/india-creation-of-nationalist-hysteria.html