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Zee News employee steps down over biased coverage of JNU protest

22-February-2016
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Zee News employee steps down over biased coverage of JNU protest

A producer with the output desk of Zee News, Vishwa Deepak has resigned from the organisation over biased coverage of JNU Protest. Deepak also wrote a letter to Zee News and raised many questions on the biasness of the news channel towards the Modi government.

In the letter and his facebook post he has stated how journalists raise questions to others and not to themselves. The post read, “We are said to be fourth pillar of the democracy but are we, our organisations, our thinking and our work process democratic? These are questions not for me alone but for everybody.”

He also mentioned, “A time has come when one has to choose between professional responsibilities and politico-social convictions. I have chosen to go with the latter and due to differences on these grounds with my organisation Zee News; I have resigned with effect from February 19.”

He dedicated his resignation to the JNU protestors.

In his letter he also highlighted that after Narendra Modi became Prime Minister almost all the newsrooms went under communalisation but situation in this organisation (Zee News) are much worse and that he doubts whether he is a journalist anymore as he feels like a mouthpiece of the government.

Highlighting about the video of JNU, he mentioned, “The video never had a slogan of ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ and they ran it again and again, instead they heard ’Bhartiya Court Zindabad’. One of the media reported quoting Vishwa Deepak saying that they heard inaudible slogans from the video and editors at Zee News felt this sounded like ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ and that’s the caption they went ahead with.”

He concluded his letter by thanking Zee News which helped him making some good friends.

We reached out to Zee News Editor, Sudhir Chaudhary for his opinion but the mail and text remain unanswered.

A part of Vishwa Deepak’s letter:

 

 

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