• 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.
Mains Paper 2: Polity
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