Google informed us via email on Wednesday morning its decision to ban the ad serving on Janta Ka Reporter claiming ‘violations.’
The email said, “Hello, This message is to alert you that one of your websites is not currently in compliance with our AdSense program policies and as a result, ad serving has been disabled to your website.
Issue ID#: 93475871
Ad serving has been disabled to: jantakareporter.com
Example page where violation occurred: http://www.jantakareporter.
The next part of Google’s email implied that by publishing a news report on the leaked scene of Radhika Apte’s film, Parched, last year in September, we had promoted
- pornographic images, videos, or games
- sexually gratifying text, images, audio, or video
- pages that provide links for or drive traffic to content that is sexually suggestive or intended to sexually arouse.
We take a dim view of Google’s action and think this decision has been taken at the behest of some vested interests, rattled by our series of expose on defence deals in India.
Janta Ka Reporter’s editor-in-chief, Rifat Jawaid said, “Google’s action defies logic and common sense. We weren’t the only news outlet to have covered the story on the leaked scenes of Radhika Apte’s film, Parched. The story was widely covered by all and the links are still available on all those news sites that regularly cover entertainment. The image used in the story was a still grab from the leaked video. If Google has an objection to our use of the image, how’s it that it has not penalised other websites using the same photo from the film. Moreover, Parched videos are also available on other Google-owned platform, YouTube. We urge Google to rethink their decision and desist from punishing those, who are merely pursuing fearless journalism.”
Rifat further added that Google’s action was tantamount to an attack on independent journalism adding that no amount of intimidation will ‘stop us from our resolve to hold the elected representatives to account.’ Google’s action follows our intense coverage on dubious defence deals struck under the current government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
We’ve also written to Google’s global CEO, Sundar Pichai and its India head, Rajan Anandan, informing them about the glaring inconsistencies in their action.
The last time Google banned serving ads on Janta Ka Reporter was in early October this year, soon after we published a series debunking the claims made by the Centre’s Narendra Modi government on its 23 repackaged schemes of the previous UPA government.