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Mainstream, VOL LVIII No 51, New Delhi, December 5, 2020

News Coverage of Farmers Protests - Media Advisory by Editors Guild | Dec 4, 2020

Saturday 5 December 2020

The Editors Guild of India (EGI)

MEDIA ADVISORY

December 4, 2020

The Editors Guild of India (EGI) is concerned about the news coverage of the farmers’ protests in the national capital, wherein certain sections of the media have been labelling them as “Khalistanis”, “ anti-nationals”, and other such terms to delegitimise the protests without any evidence or proof. This goes against the tenets of responsible and ethical journalism. Such actions compromise the credibility of the media.

EGI advises media organizations to display fairness, objectivity, and balance in reporting the farmers’ protests, without displaying partisanship against those who are exercising their constitutional rights to express themselves. Media shouldn’t be complicit to any narrative that derogates dissent and stereotypes protestors based on their attire and ethnicity.

Seema Mustafa - President
Sanjay Kapoor - General Secretary
Anant Nath - Treasurer

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