- Electronic media related matter
- Hearing will be held in Supreme Court today
- Center filed affidavit in SC
In the matter of setting the standard for electronic media, a hearing is to be held in the Supreme Court today (Thursday). The central government has filed an affidavit in the court. The Center said that the Supreme Court should look at digital media before electronic media. Publishing and broadcasting in mainstream media is a one-time act, but digital media has a wide reach of viewership, readership and is likely to go viral due to many electronic mediums like WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook is. Given the serious impact and potential of digital media, if the Supreme Court decides to do this exercise, it should first be done in relation to digital media, as already the adequate framework in relation to electronic media and print media and Judicial declarations exist. Electronic media is governed by cases and precedents.
The petition is limited to only one channel ie Sudarshan TV, so the Supreme Court should not exercise the amicus curiae or committee to issue guidelines for the media. The Center said that the area of the balance of freedom of speech and responsible journalism is already governed by statutory provisions and previous decisions. The NBA also filed an affidavit that petitions on similar issues in the Nizamuddin Markaz case regarding allegations of communalism of a particular community are pending in the Chief Justice's court. The NBA has stated that rules and laws governing electronic media already exist.
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He has a News Broadcasting Standards Regulation (NBSR), with plans to set up a fully independent regulatory body, the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA). If NBSA finds that any broadcast is against their code of conduct or rules, an inquiry is conducted after which the channel is heard. If convicted, the broadcaster is fined a maximum of 1 lakh. The NBA has also informed the court the steps of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for the cancellation or suspension of licenses. Broadcasters are also censored. The NBA has further stated that electronic media is different from print media and that regulations and laws governing electronic media already exist.
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