/ -- The diabolic Kathua rape-murder case of an 8-year-old girl had shaken India's conscience. There were several allegations, counter-allegations flowing thick and fast in the case and the need of the hour was to uncover the truth as the brutal sexual assault and murder of a child was being used as a tool to create communal divide and tension.
ZEE News through its path-breaking journalism and reporting helped in unearthing the truth of the case. Taking a ZEE News video telecast in April 2018 into cognizance, a Special Court in Punjab's Pathankot freed Vishal Jangotra on June 10, 2019. The court referred to the ZEE News coverage video in its verdict and lauded the channel saying the evidence broadly supports the news clip relating to the presence of Vishal Jangotra alias Shamma at Meeranpur, Muzaffarnagar during the period of occurrence.
The court also pointed out that Raju Kerni, ZEE News Bureau Chief, Jammu (DW-15), has certified that the CD and the pen drive were genuine as per actual occurrence and without modification, therefore the same certainly be relied upon for reaching a just decision. The court also appreciated ZEE News, particularly ZEE News Editor-in-Chief Sudhir Chaudhary and staff for trying their level best to bring the actual truth on surface.
Sudhir Chaudhary expressed his admiration for the coverage by ZEE News reporters. "At a time when media is often blamed for playing a negative role in the quest for justice, ZEE News has always practised the highest standards of journalism. ZEE News has always stood with truth and it gives us immense pleasure that our reporting in the present case has been appreciated by the court and forms a part of the evidence trail. There are pressure and abuse but then it is about true journalism," he said
The role of a journalist and news organisation is to always strive to go deep into every matter and find out the truth. ZEE News pursued the case and proved through its fearless and groundbreaking reporting that Vishal Jangotra was innocent and in no way connected to the heinous crime.
ZEE News Editor-in-Chief Sudhir Chaudhary had highlighted the case in his show DNA and shown the proof several times which ultimately led to Vishal Jangotra's acquittal.
About Zee News:
Zee News is one of the leading Hindi News channels of the country. The flagship channel of Zee Media Corporation Ltd is reached to millions of viewers per week providing them in-depth & thorough coverage of news from Politics, Economy, Lifestyle and Sports. DNA, the primetime show of the channel is the most watched Hindi news show of the country.
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