I&B issues a notice to ZEE Tamil for obnoxious comments against PM Modi on kids reality show 'Junior Super Stars'


The ministry of information and broadcasting has issued a notice to Zee Entertainment Enterprises over a reality show which the BJP alleged featured “obnoxious” comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This came after a complaint by CTR Nirmal Kumar, president of the IT and social media cell of the BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit.

The complaint against the Tamil reality show Junior Super Stars Season 4 said the program contained “obnoxious” comments against the Prime Minister and wanted it taken off air. In his complaint, which was sent to the channel and the I&B Ministry, Nirmal said, “Scathing remarks were passed about demonetisation, his (PM) diplomatic travel to various countries, PM’s attire and disinvestment. For a child below the age of 10, it would have been impossible for him/her even to understand what these really mean. But, under the name of comedy, these topics were forced into the children.”


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The letter also complained that anchors and judges of the show were encouraging these remarks. “This sends a wrong message about the channel in Tamil Nadu and what it stands for nationally,” it said. “It is evident that the channel made no effort to curtail this blatant misinformation passed casually and through young children. "The I&B Ministry said it received a complaint against the telecast of the program on January 15. “And the channel was requested to provide comments on the complaint to this ministry within a period of seven days, failing which further action will be taken,” it said.

On Tuesday, complainant Nirmak said the Zee management has assured that they will remove the problematic portions from their digital platforms. “There is no official communication from the channel but they told us that they will remove those portions and also run a scroll expressing regret when they run the same show next week,” he told a leading daily.

(Source: Indian Express) 

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