Last month Express Group was censured by Press Council of India after complaint by activist Mr Akshay Phatak for same reason and DAVP action looms over group losing big chunk of revenue from advertisements. The Modi Government has already stopped issuing advertisements in major newspapers such as the The Hindu, The Telegraph and Ananda Bazar Patrika(ABP). As per the industry statistics, Times of India is getting an average of more than Rs.15 crores/ month from Central Government’s advertisements.
Times group’s marathi newspaper Maharashtra Times had published a news with the headline ‘refused to chant Jai Shri Ram Thrown out of the Train”.
The legal rights observatory, a NGO has asked substantive evidences in support of the claim by Maharashtra Times. This news seems to be fake. If Maharashtra Times fails to provide the evidences in support of their news,. The newspaper may face criminal action u/s 153A, 295A, 298 of Indian Penal Code, 1860. The news published by Maharashtra Times is an attempt to promote enmity between two religious group.
Recently another newspaper from express group ‘Loksatta’ and Indian Express was censured by Press Council of India for the fake news. This type of news may trigger the religious riots in the country. It violates the journalistic ethics. Maharashtra Times is to face legal action over it.