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I.N.D.I.A. Media Committee’s Controversial Boycott Draws Ire, Here’s Why

The NBDA, along with many others, remains vigilant and steadfast in safeguarding these vital aspects of a democratic society.

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Sep 14, 2023 22:12 IST
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New Delhi: The decision by the I.N.D.I.A. Media Committee to abstain from sending representatives to shows and events hosted by select journalists and anchors has ignited widespread concern and anguish. The News Broadcasters & Digital Association (NBDA) expresses its deep distress regarding this development, which it views as setting a perilous precedent.

Democracy at risk: Boycott of journalists sets dangerous precedent

The ban imposed on representatives of the opposition alliance, preventing them from participating in TV news shows anchored by some of India’s renowned TV news personalities, stands in stark contradiction to the foundational principles of democracy. This move raises alarms about growing intolerance and the potential erosion of press freedom.

The opposition alliance, while claiming to champion pluralism and a free press, has, through this decision, seemingly exhibited a careless disregard for one of democracy’s most fundamental tenets – the inalienable right to openly express ideas and opinions.

Opposition alliance faces backlash for supposed Free Press disregard

The act of boycotting specific journalists and anchors harkens back to a darker period in India’s history – the Emergency Era – when the press faced severe restrictions, and independent voices and opinions were systematically suppressed. The NBDA urges the opposition alliance to reconsider its stance on boycotting journalists and anchors, as such a decision appears to coerce journalists and impede the freedom of speech and expression within the media.

The principles of democracy and the protection of press freedom should be upheld, fostering an environment where diverse voices can be heard, and open discourse can thrive. The NBDA, along with many others, remains vigilant and steadfast in safeguarding these vital aspects of a democratic society.

First published on: Sep 14, 2023 09:47 PM IST

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