Broadcast editors condemn unverified story on YSR's death

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 Pradesh.

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 said.

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".