'TV pe Thoko' mindset has detrimental repercussions, end it: Congress

New Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS): In wake of the demise of party spokesperson Rajiv Tyagi soon after he appeared in a debate on a leading Hindi news channel, the Congress on Thursday urged Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javdekar to ensure media houses follow existing guidelines on live discussions.

"I appeal to the I&B Ministry to issue an advisory, in exercise of powers under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, to media houses to adhere to the Code of Conduct stipulated by the News Broadcasting Standards Authority ('NBSA') Guidelines dated December 13, 2012, while conducting live discussions," Congress leader Jaiveer Shergill said in a letter to Javadekar.

The Congress has blamed the death of its spokesperson, who succumbed to cardiac arrest, to a "toxic" debate.

"The 'TV pe Thoko' mentality has detrimental repercussions, and steps for its eradication must be sought out, and it is imperative to restore civility, through a code of conduct, in order to tame the slanderous beast that television debates have become.

"Constant interruptions, coupled with toxic and defamatory smears, impact the mental and physical well-being of all individuals on the panel. All the participants, including spokespersons across party lines, independent experts and the anchors, must respect the 'Lakshman Rekha' of mutual respect," said Shergill in the letter.

"It is high time that we reinstate a civil, respectful and factual temperament of television debates for the sake of the well-being of spokespersons across party lines and most importantly, for the purpose of preserving the very basic ethos of Indian democracy i.e., 'we agree to respectfully disagree with each other'," he added.

Tyagi, 53, had attended a television debate at 5 p.m. on Wednesday and complained of chest pain soon after it ended. He then fell unconscious and was rushed to the Yashoda Hospital, where doctors declared him dead.


Comment on this article

  • ConcernedCitizen, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 13 2020

    Most TV news channels are garbage these days. On-ground reporters have been replaced with anchors who have no idea about the ground reality. All they end up doing is spinning an useless tale that does not affect a common citizen. These shouting matches are not even suitable for family, and by any rate , the language and intonation of the anchor and 'panelists' is not suitable to be watched by children. And by strange coincidence, almost each one of them discuss the same useless topic on any given day. The media is supposed to create an educated public, and should be a pillar of the democracy. It will serve no good, if the media ends up incessantly flatters the government, and becomes the opposition of the opposition. Many anchors have no ability to think critically, and the so called 'debates' have no substance, and some of the panelists invited are a disgrace. And shame on the advertisers for funding the demise of meaningful journalism.

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  • CA girishkk, M'lore/DXB

    Thu, Aug 13 2020

    My heart is bleeding..., Sorry to see the degeneration of Hindustan Media by GODI Media gang...,

    Jai hind

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  • Concerned citizen, Mangaluru

    Thu, Aug 13 2020

    7 April to 12 May 2014 was the wretched day for indian history.

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  • AM, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 13 2020

    Rajiv Thyagi was a nice human being, always start with My dear friend. He was nicely depending Congress party stand with real facts and data. May Almighty rest his soul in peace. Jai Hind

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  • anthony, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 13 2020

    People are fed up with these toxic debates and have stopped viewing all TV channels.

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