Protests over doctored video on JNU intensify, Twitter users trend #BJPBhaktZeeNews


The continuing controversy over certain news channels’ decision to broadcast doctored video related to JNU students is refusing to die down.

On Monday reported how the Delhi government had decided to initiate criminal action against three news channels namely Zee News, NewsX and Times Now after the report suggested that the channels in question had broadcast doctored video.

Faced with increasing criticism and condemnation, the owner of Zee Media, Subhash Chandra, on Monday resorted to an unprecedented step when he made an appearance on his news channel to clarify his stand over the controversy.

In his 10-minutes long speech, he sought to distance himself and his channel from the BJP and categorically denied that the saffron party was determining its editorial agenda, as is widely being alleged on social media.

Even before the public discourse on his sudden appearance on live TV had ended, the social media users on Wednesday took to microblogging site once again to step up their attack against the channel.

This followed the online petition currently being signed demanding the closure of the news channel.

Social media users started a trend #BJPBhaktZeeNews implying that the channel was nothing but a BJP’s mouthpiece. This despite Chandra’s public denial that Zee News had nothing to do with the BJP.

Within minutes the hashtag became a top national trend, which many would argue was indicative of the level of anger against the channel among the news consuming Indian audience.

Here are some highlights of the twitter conversation:





  1. LOl. Miya Rifat why publishing only aap supporters tweet. Komal, Jitender Singh , Anurag Pandey , Kumar Shashwat are aap supporters. Just check #BJPBhaktZeeNews trends. 75% are in favour of Zee news.