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The Supreme Court in a recent hearing has said that stopping hate on television is essential for law and order.
- What was the case? A batch of petitions alleged that certain sections of the media communalized the Tablighi Jamaat congregation. It linked the congregation to a spike in the spread of COVID-19 infection
Key Highlights of the Supreme Court Order:
- The Supreme Court said that the Fair and truthful reporting is not a problem. The problem arises when the reporting is used to agitate others.
- Hence, it asked the Central Government about its powers under Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act 1994. Under this act, the government can control the broadcast of content (by electronic media) that has a tendency to incite violence.
- Government Response:
- The Solicitor General said that the Government has powers to regulate or prohibit the transmission or re-transmission of any channel or programme for public order.
- There is also a group under the Ministry to monitor broadcast content for violation.
- However, the problem arises during live, discussion-based programmes, as there cannot be pre-censorship of such programmes.
Source: The Hindu