Supreme Court stays a TV show broadcast

• Supreme Court prima facie observed that the object of the programme is to vilify the Muslim community.

• SC was hearing a plea alleging that the show makes communal remarks about the entry of members of Muslim community into the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission).

Several other observations made by Supreme Court:

• Need to regulate electronic media as most channels are running for TRPs, leading to more sensationalism.

• SC clarified it is not suggesting censorship but some kind of self-regulation.

• Need to have transparency in ownership, shareholding patterns and revenue flow into visual media houses.

• Press freedom was not absolute and was in no way greater than that of the citizens.

• SC would consider setting up a committee to draw up standards for electronic media.

• Media Regulation in India: Press is monitored by the Press Council of India; Cinema by the CBFC (Central Board for Film Certification); Advertising by the ASCI (Advertising Standards Council of India), content on TV is under Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995.

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Mains Paper 2: Polity

Prelims level: Central Board for Film Certification

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