New Delhi: The Broadcast Editors`
Association (BEA), today condemned what it claimed as an
unverified story by some TV channels related to the death of Y
S Rajasekhara Reddy, which resulted in violence in Andhra
The story was picked up by the channels from a
Moscow-based website, which reportedly claimed that the death
of the then Andhra Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy in
September 2009, was a "murder", the BEA said in a release.
Reddy died in a helicopter crash on September 2 last year.
The website, BEA said, had posted its story exactly the
day Reddy`s body and chopper were recovered.
"The channels without verifying the facts lifted it four
months later. The airing of story and subsequent studio
discussions resulted in acts of violence," the BEA release
It added that "the airing of the unsubstantiated and
unverified story by these channels defied all well laid-down
norms and principles of journalism", adding that as "BEA
stands for value-based journalism, it emphatically asserts
that such irresponsible and despicable conduct is unacceptable
and should be stopped forthwith".