SC notice on media tribunal to regulate media

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/26/2021 9:51:39 PM

NEW DELHI, Jan 25: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the government and the Press Council of India on a PIL filed to set up an independent regulatory media tribunal or a judicial body to hear the complaints on hate speeches, fake and paid news and communal propaganda.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde, and also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian admitted the writ petition filed by two Pune-based activist -- film-maker Nilesh Navalakha and civil engineer Nitin Memane and agreed to hear it at the next hearing on March 12.
The petition said such a high-powered tribunal can review entire legal framework related to media business regulations and suggest guidelines to inflict consequences on the media organisations and journalists for acting in a fashion that is contrary to the constitutional goals and morality.
Notices were also issued to other respondents, namely the News Broadcasting Standards Authority, News Broadcasters Association, News Broadcasting Federation and the Press Trust of India.



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