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February 4, 2023
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In TV programme case, Enough rules for print & TV, govt tells SC in TV


New Delhi: The government told the Supreme Court on Monday that existing regulations for TV and print media were sufficient, and urged the top court to desist from further regulating them as that would end up pushing content to digital media, which it said had huge reach with little accountability. In a fresh affidavit submitted to the top court, which is grappling with laying down a fine line between free speech and hate speech, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said any improvements in regulation, if required, should be left to Parliament to decide.

“Any further regulation… by this court by way of guidelines or providing any other redressal mechanism would incentivise broadcasters (who may otherwise be desirous of publishing/telecasting undesirable content) to use electronic media much less and publish the same on digital platforms, which would remain unregulated despite having a wider reach without any corresponding responsibility or obligation,” it said.

Apetition has been filed in SC against a programme alleging a conspiracy to fill the bureaucracy with members of a particular community. The court has been examining whether vilifying the community is tantamount to hate speech, and if it can, as a constitutional court, lay down guidelines to check hate speech without having a chilling effect on free speech. In the interim, the court has stayed the telecast of the programme. Further arguments in the case will continue on September 23.



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