The Central Government has suggested to the Supreme Court that it should consider regulating digital media before electronic TV media when it comes to setting standards, because it has a much higher reach and impacts more people.
The Centre’s affidavit in the Supreme Court in the Sudarshan TV case said the court must first consider digital media because of its scope and impact in the hearing on Wednesday when the court was examining setting standards for electronic media.
The affidavit said the digital media has the power to make any news go viral much faster than any medium through apps like WhatsApp and Facebook and many more, it has greater potential to shape the minds of the masses. Electronic and print media already have a sufficient framework and there have been court orders on it too. The question of the balance between freedom of expression and responsible journalism has been governed by statutory provisions and judgments.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court restrained Sudarshan TV from airing a show which claimed Muslims were infiltrating the UPSC. The apex court said the channel cannot target a community and stigmatize it. The Supreme Court also expressed concern over the TRP race and sensationalism on television. The court added that it would set up a panel to suggest standards for electronic media.
cThe News Broadcasters Association said, in its affidavit, that if a channel breaks the code and is found guilty in an investigation, it should be fined up to Rs 1 lakh.