Congress has announced that members of the United Opposition will boycott the shows and programs of 14 anchors. The Congress leader, Pawan Khera, criticized the anchors for speaking hateful stories. The BJP leader, JP Nadda, accused the Congress of attempting to regulate and suppress the press in the past.
The News Media Broadcasters & Digital Association expressed concern and conveyed that the boycott was against the spirit of democracy. The INDIA coordination committee decided to boycott anchors and programs at its first meeting, citing allegations of hostile media outlets and inciting hatred. The Congress also opposed channels for a month in May 2019.
Congress Releases Anchors Boycott List
The Congress claimed that some media outlets did not adequately cover Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra.
Pawan Khera: “We don’t hate…”
“Members of the United Opposition will boycott the shows and programs of a list of 14 anchors,” according to the Congress, which released the list today. Senior party leader Pawan Khera claimed, “We don’t hate these anchors, but we admire our nation more,” accusing them of speaking a “store” of “hatred” every evening.
In a footage message published on X, formerly Twitter, he added, “We are unwilling to authorize this hate-filled story-telling that is rusting our society.”
— Pawan Khera 🇮🇳 (@Pawankhera) September 14, 2023
The BJP wasted no time in taking offense. JP Nadda, the party’s leader, claimed that every member of the Nehru-Gandhi family, beginning with India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, had attempted to regulate and slumber the press in the past. He claimed that “the past of Congress includes numerous scenarios of assaulting the media and suppressing those with distinct views.”
Anil Baluni’s tweet
“The move to jeopardize and boycott reporters made by the INDIA bloc engaged in the conceited alliance is strongly condemned. It illustrates their authoritarian and repressive mindset. BJP firmly denounces the desperate mindset of the bloc,” Anil Baluni, the BJP’s national media coordinator, tweeted.
“It appears against the spirit of democracy”
The News Media Broadcasters & Digital Association expressed that it was “extremely sorrowful and concerned” by the Opposition alliance’s choice. “It appears against the spirit of democracy to prohibit members of the opposition alliance from appearing on TV news programs hosted by some of India’s top TV news anchors. It signals hatred and threatens press freedom,” according to the statement.
INDIA coordination committee decided to boycott at its first meeting
At its first meeting, the INDIA coordination committee, which occurred at the residence of Sharad Pawar, the leader of the Nationalist Congress Party, yesterday evening, decided to boycott anchors and programs. The opposition has frequently charged that some media outlets are hostile and incite hatred.
Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra got inadequate coverage
The Congress charged that some media outlets gave Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra inadequate coverage. When the yatra traveled through the state, Ashok Gehlot, the chief minister of Rajasthan, produced the statement.
The Congress also opposed news channels for an entire month in May 2019. “The Congress decided not to assign representatives to discussions on the news for a month. All media outlets/editors should ask not to feature Congress delegates on their shows,” Randeep Surjewala, a senior party official, posted on X.