Notice Has Been Issued By The Supreme Court In Petition Filed By Lawyers Seeking Constitution Of Broadcast Regulatory Authority To Define The Press Freedom:
Today, the Supreme Court issued notice to the center in a plea seeking constitution of broadcast regulatory authority to regulate electronic media in India.
A 3-Judge Bench headed by the CJI SA bobde, AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, consider the PIL seeking to define press freedoms Filed by advocate Reepak Kansal and sought a response from the union government regarding the possibility of a regulatory authority and fixed the next date of hearing after four weeks.
The petition seeks the constitution of an independent authority, the Broadcast Regulatory Authority of India, in order to regulate electronic media channels and facilitate the development of broadcasting services in India, since electronic media does not come under the ambit of the Press Council of India.
The petition alleges that there is no law in existence to bring broadcasting employees/anchors within the definition of journalists and electronic broadcasting channels in the definitions of ‘PRESS’ or journalists etc.
Petitioner says that the news anchor uses defamatory and provoking language against the community, panelists, their religion in the name of journalism during his TV debates. Referring to Editor-in-Chief of Republic News, Arnab Goswami,
The said Anchor called attackers as “Sonia Ke Gunde” etc and assassinate the dignity of individual as well as a political party. There are a number of F.I.R registered against him across the country prior and after the said false and baseless reporting on public plate-form.”
The plea urges that freedom of speech is not an absolute right under the Indian laws and Clause (2) of Article 19 of the Indian constitution enables the legislature to impose certain restrictions on free speech.
The petitioner wishes to curb the evils of media trial, parallel trial, judgmental views and interference with the administration of justice