By Bhavya Singh

The News Broadcasting & Digital Standards Authority (NBDSA), under the stewardship of retired Supreme Court judge, Justice AK Sikri, has taken action against several television news programs for their role in spreading hatred and communal disharmony.

Following complaints lodged by activist ndrajeet Ghorpade, the NBDSA has fined Times Now Navbharat Rs 1,00,000, and News 18 India Rs 50,000, while issuing a warning to Aaj Tak. Additionally, all three channels have been directed to remove the online uploads of the offending programs within seven days.

The fine on Times Now Navbharat was imposed as anchor Himanshu Dixit was found to have targeted the Muslim community & generalised inter-faith relationships as “love jihad”.

Further, the fine on News 18 India was imposed for three shows, two of which were anchored by Aman Chopra, and one by Amish Devgan. These shows were found to have communalized the Shradda Walker case as “love jihad.”

Similarly, Aaj Tak was reprimanded for a program anchored by Sudhir Chaudhary, which generalized acts of violence during Ram Navami as targeting a particular community.

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