‘Regulation Of Digital Media Is The Need Of The Hour,’ Centre Tells SC
Print and digital media “rarely cross the line” as a result of very nature of their composition however digital media is “completely uncontrolled” and “remains unregulated”, the Centre instructed the Supreme Court on Monday.
According to studies, in a contemporary affidavit filed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the Centre has instructed the apex courtroom that if it considers it mandatory to put down tips for mainstream digital and print media, it’s the “need of the hour” that the train ought to begin first with internet based mostly digital media. The affidavit was filed in a pending matter by which the apex courtroom is listening to a petition which has raised grievance over Sudarshan TV’s ‘Bindas Bol’ program which garnered criticism for “vilifying minorities.”
The affidavit mentioned as in comparison with the limitation in case of print and mainstream digital media, nothing is required for accessing digital media besides a wise cellphone. “This shows its potential to harm the very fabric of the nation. Electronic media would normally have a geographical barrier and would rarely have a global presence. Digital media, on the other hand, has global presence both in terms of content coming from abroad and the content going out from the country. Apart from spreading venomous hatred, deliberate and intended instigation to not only cause violence but even terrorism it is also capable of indulging in tarnishing the image of individuals and institutions. The said practice is, in fact, rampant,” the affidavit mentioned.
The affidavit additionally mentioned that any additional regulation of digital and print media by the courtroom, both by the use of tips or offering for any redressal mechanism, would incentivise broadcasters to make use of digital media much less and telecast or publish the identical content material on digital platforms which might stay unregulated regardless of having wider attain with none corresponding duty or obligation.
The affidavit pointed that India has about 385 common information channels that are registered or licensed by the central authorities beneath the Uplinking and Downlinking Policy Guidelines. Claiming that the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) and News Broadcasters Federation (NBF) have regulatory insurance policies to handle content material being telecast on information channels, the affidavit mentioned that regulating information channels shouldn’t be a priority. “Both these two associations have their own self-regulatory mechanism which is not only robust but can inspire confidence as both the organisations are headed by a former judge of this court,” it mentioned. It claimed that self-regulatory mechanism for redressal of complaints in case of all of the aforesaid organisations are, by and enormous, efficient and guarantee impartiality.
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