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Zee Editors' Arrest Sparks Debate On Media Regulation

PUBLISHED BY: SURENDER KUMAR
NOVEMBER 28, 2012

   
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The arrest of Zee News editors Sudhir Chaudhary and Samir Ahluwalia has sparked a debate over the need for media regulation. Press Council Chairman Justice Markandey Katju favours suspension of Zee's licence if charges are found true. A Delhi court has sent the two arrested editors to two-day police custody in the alleged Jindal extortion case. The police had sought the custody to unravel the truth behind the Jindal extortion case. Both the editors were arrested on a complaint by Congress MP Naveen Jindal's company. The police questioned both the editors in connection with the case and found some inconsistencies in their statements. The two are accused of demanding Rs 100 crore from Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) in the form of advertisments to the channel. JSPL is among the companies named in the CAG report as s beneficiary of the controversial coal block allocations. The prosecutor has said that the probe agency has video and audio recordings of the two accused demanding the money. Three officials of Jindal Group were approached by the two offering not to broadcast the news regarding the alleged involvement of the JSPL in the allocation of coal block scam. Jindal had last month released a CD having footage of Zee journalists trying to have a deal with his company officials, promising no negative stories on Jindal Group if the money was paid to them.


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