• Friday, December 01, 2023


India asks its TV channels to be sensitive over tunnel rescue operations

An advisory issued by the government asked the channels to take into consideration the mental state of family members of the trapped workers.

Rescue team officials establish audio-visual contact with the workers trapped in the Silkyara tunnel for the first time through the pipeline and endoscopic flexi camera, in Uttarkashi in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on Tuesday, November 21, 2023. (ANI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

INDIA’S Narendra Modi government on Tuesday (21) issued an advisory to the country’s private television channels, asking them to refrain from sensationalising the coverage of the rescue operations at Silkyara in Uttarakhand, where 41 workers are trapped inside a tunnel for 10 days.

The advisory, issued by the information and broadcasting ministry, also told private television channels to be sensitive in their reportage, especially while putting out headlines and videos of the rescue operations, considering the psychological status of family members of the trapped workers.

“Telecast of video footage and other pictures relating to the operations by the TV channels specially by placing cameras and other equipment in close proximity of the rescue operations site have the potential to adversely affect the ongoing operations,” the advisory said.

It also advised the channels to refrain from sensationalizing the issue and from undertaking any live posts or videos from close proximity of the tunnel site where the rescue operations are underway.

The advisory further asked news channels to ensure that the human life saving activity by the various agencies was in no way disrupted or disturbed by the very presence of cameramen, reporters or equipment near or around the operations site.

“It is also advised to be cautious and sensitive while reporting on the matter especially in putting out headlines, videos & images and take due care of the sensitive nature of operation, psychological status of the family members and as well as the viewers in general,” the advisory said.

(With PTI inputs)

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