By Special Correspondent
New Delhi: Reacting to the news reports that NDTV channel is being bought up by the Adani Group; the Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) on Wednesday said TV media has increasingly become the voice of the corporates and certain political parties. The professional journalists’ body said it is deeply disappointed and discouraged by the hostile takeover of the last independent mainstream TV channel.
In a statement, DUJ president, S.K.Pande and general secretary, Sujata Madhok said the DUJ was shocked at news reports that NDTV is being bought up by the Adani Group.
They said the takeover of NDTV is doubtless at the behest of the government of the day which brooks no opposition, be it from media, civil society or political adversaries. The move will reinforce the narrow, unipolar worldview of the ruling party and impose it further on citizens. The illusion that India is still a democracy now lies shattered.
It is evident that the two oligarchs of the Indian economy have decided to parcel out the entire media industry between them, leaving no room for independent players, they said.
They warned that cross media holdings and media monopolies ensure that the views of the government and big business are replicated without deviation across channels.
Referring to the CAA and farmers’ protests, they said the corporate controlled media had played a very negative and biased role and some anchors brought bad name to the noble profession of journalism.
“So blatant is the bias that during every people’s movement there is open rejection of certain TV channels and their anchors. Both during the CAA protests and the farmers’ struggle, people loudly questioned the propaganda blitzkrieg by these channels. We regret the biased role played by some anchors who have brought media credibility to an all time low. Balanced, ethical reportage, analysis and debate have been replaced by shrill propaganda.”
“As professional journalists we are deeply disappointed and discouraged by the hostile takeover of the last independent mainstream TV channel. NDTV will now be used to promote the Adani Empire which spans multiple business enterprises within the country and abroad. Fair reportage of developments spanning multiple sectors, ranging from mining to ports, airports, food grains, edible oils, cement and energy will become impossible,” they said.
The DUJ also praised the staff and management of NDTV for standing up to multiple pressures and challenges in these years.
“We salute the brave staff and management of NDTV who have stood up to multiple pressures and challenges in these past years to bring us both news and views from a professional perspective. We fear that there will be firings and forced resignations of independent journalists. We are deeply concerned for their future”.