Editors Guild raps BJP for putting pressure on CNN-IBN TV

August 2nd, 2008 - 2:49 pm ICT by ANI  

Bharatiya Janata Party

New Delhi, Aug.2 (ANI): The Editors Guild of India has expressed shock at the pressure tactics being adopted by the Bharatiya Janata Party against CNN IBN Television channel.
Criticising BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu for declaring that his party would boycott CNN IBN, if the channel does not immediately telecast the tapes of the sting operation carried out in concert with the BJP MPs in New Delhi on Juy 22 in connection with the vote of confidence in the Lok Sabha, the Guild said: “The freedom of an editor to publish or telecast any news item cannot be subject to the approval or disapproval of a political party.”
” In the instant case, the editor of CNN IBN has made it oublic that the investigation into the bribery case is incomplete and only if all the facts are authenticated, the channel would telecast the tapes,” it added.
It said that the Code of Practice of the Editors Guild of India also exhorts editors to check and verify facts before publication or telecast. (ANI)

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