• Communal Targeting Of Scientist Gauhar Raza: Citizens’ Statement Condemning Zee News

    It is quite shocking that Zee News has targeted well known academics who are also widely respected public figures. Over the past week, Nivedita Menon — a feminist political scientist, writer, and translator — and most recently, Gauhar Raza — scientist, poet, film maker– have been labeled as “desh-drohi” (anti-national) by the channel. Gauhar Raza, was portrayed as part of what it terms in derogatory and unethical language the “Afzal-loving poets’ gang”. In both cases, decontextualised video clippings of these individuals appearances in public events have been aired and their names repeatedly flashed through evening bulletins.

    Singling out of individuals and creating a mass-frenzy against them using the medium of TV is a dangerous trend. Zee TV initiated this defamatory exercise in the case of the students of the JNU also, and these doctored videos have become the basis of arrest and harassment of Kanhaiya, Umar and Anirban. They have not yet apologised for this highly irresponsible act. Despite their bluff being called, they have persisted.

    That Zee News can continue to flout all ethical codes of journalistic conduct, and conduct this relentless tirade against Nivedita Menon and Gauhar Raza is criminal and unacceptable. We call upon the Press Council of India and the Broadcast Association to take note of this criminality and initiate necessary action against the channel. We also appeal to the governments of Delhi and the centre to initiate criminal proceeding against the channel for putting a citizen’s life under threat.

    We strongly condemn this unethical and criminal act of the Zee news and demand an unconditional apology from them.

    ABHA BHAIYA
    ABHA DEV HABIB, DU
    ABHIJIT A.M, LOKAYAT, PUNE
    ACHIN VANAIK
    ADITI MANGALDAS
    ALKA ACHARYA
    AMAR KANWAR
    AMEET PARAMESWARAN, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, JNU
    AMIT SENGUPTA, JOURNALIST
    AMITABH PANDEY
    AMMU JOSEPH, BANGALORE
    ANAND PATWARDHAN
    ANEESH PRADHAN
    ANIL CHAUDHARY
    APOORVANAND, DU
    ARCHANA PRASAD, PROFESSOR, JNU
    ARINDAM BANERJEE
    ARJUN DEV
    ARUN KARTHIK B., GRADUATE STUDENT – IIT KANPUR
    ARUNA RODRIGUES, MHOW, M.P.
    ARUNDHATI DHURU
    ASAD ZAIDI
    ASHEESH MAMGAIN
    ASHISH KOTHARI, KALPAVRIKSH, PUNE
    ASHOK BHOWMICK
    ASHOK VAJPEYI
    ATUL SOOD
    AVINASH KUMAR, ACTIVIST
    AYESHA KIDWAI, JNU
    AZHAR KHAN, JALGOAN, MAHARASHTRA
    BAVISKAR SHARAD, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, CENTRE FOR FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES
    BHASHA SINGH, JOURNALIST AND WRITER
    BHAVNA SHARMA
    BRINDA SINGH
    C.P. CHANDRASEKHAR
    CHANDRAKANT N GAIKWAD
    CHIRASHREE DAS GUPTA
    CYNTHIA KUMAR
    DEV DESAI, GUJARAT
    DIKSHANT
    DILIP SIMEON
    DIPA SINHA
    DR AJITA WSS DELHI
    DR KAREN GABRIEL, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, DU
    DR SHAMBHAVI PRAKASH, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, JAWAHARLAL NEHRU UNIVERSITY
    DR. ANAND TELTUMBDE, PROFESSOR VGSOM, IIT, KHARAGPUR 721302
    DUNU ROY
    EHTASHAM KHAN, JOURNALIST
    G. ARUNIMA
    GAUTAM NAVLAKHA, PUDR
    GAUTAM THAKER
    GHANSHYAM SHAH (AHMEDABAD)
    GITHA HARIHARAN
    HAPPYMON JACOB
    HARIDAS T
    HARJINDER (LALTU) SINGH
    HARSH KAPOOR
    HARSH MANDER, WRITER, ACTIVIST
    HESTER DU PLESSIS
    HIMANSHU JOSHI, JOURNALIST
    HIREN GANDHI, – DARSHAN, AHMEDABAD
    IMRAN KHAN
    INDU CHANDRASEKHAR
    IQBAL AHMAD, JOURNOULIST
    IRA PANDEY
    JAINANDAN
    JANAKI NAIR, PROFESSOR
    JAVED ANAND
    JAYATI GHOSH, JNU
    JOHN DAYAL
    JUHI JAIN
    JYOTI PUNWANI
    KALPANA KANNABIRAN
    KALYANI MENON-SEN, FEMINIST LEARNING PARTNERSHIPS
    AMMU JOSEPH, BANGALORE
    KAMAL CHENOY
    KAMAYANI BALI MAHABAL- FEMINIST, MUMBAI
    KAMLESH SHAHARE
    KAREN GABRIEL, DU
    KARTHIK BITTU, HYDERABAD
    KARUNA D W, RESEARCHER, CHENNAI
    KAUSAR WIZARAT
    KAVERI INDIRA
    KAVITA KRISHNAN, SECRETARY AIPWA
    KAVITA SHARMA, JMS, DELHI
    KHUSHBOO JAIN
    KIRTI SINGH
    KM SHRIMALI
    KN PANIKKAR
    KUMAR SHIRALKAR
    KUMAR SUNDARAM
    LALIT KUMAR
    LEENA DABIRU
    M. DAVID AMALANADANE, PHARMACIST, KARAIKAL
    MADAN GOPAL
    MADHAVI KALE
    MADHU PRASAD
    MADHU SAHNI
    MADHURESH KUMAR
    MADHURI KRISHNASWAMY, JAGRIT ADIVASI DALIT SANGATHAN
    MAHESH PANDYA, GUJARAT SOCIAL WATCH
    MAHTAB ALAM, ACTIVIST AND WRITER
    MANAN TRIVEDI, GUJARAT
    MANASI THAPLIYAL
    MANGALESH DABRAL
    MANISHA GUPTE, WOMEN’S RIGHTS ACTIVIST, PUNE
    MANOJ KULKARNI
    MANSI SHARMA
    MARIEME HELIE LUCAS, SECULARISM IS A WOMEN’S ISSUE (SIAWI)
    MARY E JOHN
    MAYA PANDIT-NARKAR
    MAYA VALECHA
    MIHIR PANDYA
    MILIND CHAVAN, PEOPLES’ UNION FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES
    MINAKSHI SINGH, SAMARPAN
    MK RAINA
    MOGGALLAN BHARTI
    MOHAMMAD AMIR
    MOHAN KUMAWAT, FILMMAKER
    MOHAN RAO
    MOUSHUMI BASU
    MURLI MANOHAR PRASAD SINGH
    N.D. JAYAPRAKASH
    NANDINI RAO
    NANDINI SUNDAR
    NASEERUDDIN SHAH, ACTOR
    NASIRUDDIN HAIDER KHAN, JOURNALIST
    NAVAID HAMID, PRESIDENT, ALL INDIA MUSLIM MAJLIS E MUSHWARAT
    NEELIMA SHARMA
    NEERAJ JAIN, LOKAYAT AND SOCIALIST PARTY (INDIA)
    NIRAJ THOMBARE
    NISHA BISWAS, KOLKATA
    NIVEDITA MENON
    OVAIS SULTAN KHAN
    PAMELA PHILIPOSE
    PANKAJ BISHT
    PANKAJ CHANDRA
    PARIMAL MAYA SUDHAKAR, HEAD-ACADEMICS, MIT SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT, PUNE
    PARUL MUKHERJI
    PATHIK ARORA
    PENDYALA MADHUSUDHANA CHARY,JOURNALIST, TELANGANA
    PERVIN JEHANGIR
    PRABHAT PATNAIK, JNU
    PRADIP DATA, PROFESSOR, JNU
    PRAKASH K RAY, EDITOR, BARGAD.ORG
    PRASAD CHACKO, SOCIAL ACTIVIST, AHMEDABAD
    PRASHANT BHUSHAN
    PRATHAMA BANERJEE, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (CSDS)
    PRATIKSHA BAXI
    PRAVEEN JHA
    PRITAM PAL
    PROF. ADITYA MUKHERJEE
    PROF. MAYA PANDIT
    PROF. MRIDULA MUKHERJEE
    PUNEET SHARMA
    PURUSHOTTAM AGRAWAL
    PYOLI SWATIJA, ADVOCATE, SUPREME COURT
    R. RAMACHANDRAN, JOURNALIST, NEW DELHI.
    RAJAT DATTA
    RAJENDRA PRASAD
    RAJENDRA SHARMA
    RAJESH SINHA
    RAJINDER CHAUDHARY, FORMER PROFESSOR, M. D. UNIVERSITY, ROHTAK
    RAJIV KUMAR
    RAKESH, GENERAL SECRETARY,IPTA
    RAKHI SEHGAL
    RAM PUNIYANI
    RAMPRAKASH, JALES, MP
    RAVI KUMAR, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, SOUTH ASIAN UNIVERSITY
    RITOO M. JERATH
    ROHIT, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, CESP, JNU
    RUNU CHAKRABORTY
    S.P. SHUKLA
    SABA AZAD
    SABA DEWAN
    SABA GREWAL
    SADANAND MENON, WRITER/CRITIC
    SADHNA ARYA
    SAGOLSEM PAVEL
    SAHBA FAROOQUI, AIDWA
    SAHIR RAZA
    SANIA HASHMI
    SANJEEV KUMAR
    SANJIV BHATT
    SANKARA NARAYANAN
    SARAH HASHMI
    SAROOP DHRUV. – DARSHAN, AHMEDABAD
    SATYA SIVARAMAN, JOURNALIST
    SATYAM VARMA (JOURNALIST, ACTIVIST)
    SEEMA MISRA, ADVOCATE
    SHABNAM HASHMI, SOCIAL ACTIVIST
    SHAKTI KAK
    SHALINI GERA
    SHAMA MAHAMED, DENTIST, PUNE
    SHAMEERA ASHROFF
    SHAMIM MODI, SHRAMIK ADIVASI SANGHATAN
    SHAMSUL ISLAM, NISHANT NATYA MANCH
    SHARANYA NAYAK, ODISHA
    SHARMILA TAGORE
    SHEBA ASLAM FEHMI
    SHUBHA MENON
    SHUBHA MUDGAL
    SHWETA BHATT
    SMITA GUPTA, ALL INDIA DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION
    SOHAIL HASHMI
    SUBHASH GATADE, NEW SOCIALIST INITIATIVE
    SUBHASH KANE
    SUBHASH, NEW SOCIALIST INITIATIVE
    SUCHARITA SEN, PROFESSOR, JNU
    SUDHA BHARADWAJ
    SUDHIR DEVADAS
    SUMAN BHATTACHARYYA
    SUMIT SARKAR
    SUNALINI KUMAR
    SUPRIYA CHOTANI
    SUPRIYA CHOTANI
    SUPRIYA VARMA
    SURESH PINGALE
    SURJIT DABAS
    SUSAN VISVANATHAN
    SWATI DESAI
    SYEDA HAMEED
    TANIKA SARKAR
    TEESTA SETALVAD
    UDAYA KUMAR, PROFESSOR JNU
    UJJWAL K HOWDHURY
    UMA V CHANDRU, WSS, KARNATAKA
    V. RAJENDRAN
    V.G. ANTO, GANDHI NAGAR, THUMBAL P.O., SALEM – 636 114, TAMIL NADU
    V.K. TRIPATHI, IIT DELHI
    VAISHNA NARANG, PROFESSOR OF LINGUISTICS, JNU
    Vijaya Venkataraman
    VIKAS DUBEY
    VIKAS RAWAL
    VIMALBHAI, ENVIRONMENTALIST
    VINEET TIWARI
    VINOD KOSHTI, NEW DELHI
    VISHNU NAGAR
    WASI HAIDER
    ZAKIA SOMAN

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