The News Broadcasters Association, in its affidavit before the Supreme Court, has suggested that its Code of Ethics should be included under Rule 6 of the 'Program Code' of the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994 by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to make the Code binding all news broadcasters, irrespective of membership of NBA.
News Broadcasters' Association has filed a new affidavit before SC IN @SudarshanNewsTV matter requesting SC to officially give recognition for "independent Self-Regulatory mechanism" so as to make all news channels, members or otherwise, duty bound to follow its directives pic.twitter.com/Jc7Kt3p4Zk— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) September 20, 2020
News Broadcasters' Association has filed a new affidavit before SC IN @SudarshanNewsTV matter requesting SC to officially give recognition for "independent Self-Regulatory mechanism" so as to make all news channels, members or otherwise, duty bound to follow its directives pic.twitter.com/Jc7Kt3p4Zk
Justice D Y Chandrachud, the presiding judge of the bench, called the NBA 'toothless'.
"Do you watch TV or not? Why have you not controlled what is going on in the news", the judge asked NBA's lawyer, Advocate Nisha Bhambhani.
Bhambhani replied that the NBA has improved significantly and has made several channels apologize during airtime for violating the norms on the reports. The counsel also informed the bench that all channels are not its members.
Seemingly unsatisfied with the response, the bench said that it wanted stronger regulation by the NBA.
"One thing you can do is come back to us on a method to strengthen NBA, so that you have a higher regulatory content. You have a few members and your regulations cannot be implemented. You need to tell us how it can be strengthened", Justice Chandrachud said.
A bench comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and K M Joseph was hearing the plea which alleged that the show 'Bindas Bol' hosted by Suresh Chavhanke, the Editor-in-Chief of Sudarshan News, was communalizing the entry of Muslims into the civil services. On September 15, the top court had stayed the telecast of the show after making a prima facie observation that 'the object intent and the purpose of the show was to vilify the Muslim community'.
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