A former Zee News producer reveals why he left over the network’s coverage of JNU

18 March 2016
Taal Thok Ke is a debate show hosted by Rohit Sardana (Zee’s output editor) every day at 5 pm on Zee News.
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Taal Thok Ke is a debate show hosted by Rohit Sardana (Zee’s output editor) every day at 5 pm on Zee News.
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A decade ago, when I was pursuing my mass communication degree, television journalism was not something I had given much thought to as a career. Nevertheless, on 14 October 2014, I joined the Zee News network as an output producer.

My time with Zee News is an excellent example of the “survival of the fittest.” Despite facing numerous odds, I managed to survive there for over a year. This is probably because I was one of the “fittest” beings by their standards–tolerating their open biases, distortion of facts, and constant campaigning in favour of the present government.

Once I joined Zee News, I made every effort to stay in tune with the work culture of the organisation. I worked for eight hours every day, surrendered my mobile phone before walking into the office as was required of us, and executed the orders of my seniors as religiously as possible.

Until the events of 9 February 2016.

That was the day on which so-called “anti-national activity,” had reportedly taken place inside the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

Vishwa Deepak Vishwa Deepak has worked for organisations such as Aaj Tak, the BBC, and Deutsche Welle (Germany). He joined Zee News in 2014 as a producer. He left the organisation a little over a year later.

Keywords: Zee News JNU media ethics
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