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Digital Media Needs Regulations First: Centre Tells Supreme Court

New Delhi: The Ministry of Data and Broadcasting has knowledgeable the Supreme Courtroom that whether it is eager to start an train to control media, then it needs to be the digital media as an alternative of mainstream media, because it has wider viewership and likewise has the potential to show viral.

The Ministry in an affidavit within the Supreme Courtroom mentioned whereas in a mainstream media (whether or not digital or print), the publication or telecast is a one-time act, the digital media has quicker attain to a wider vary of readership and has the potential to turn into viral due to a number of digital functions like WhatsApp, Twitter, Fb.

“Considering the serious impact and the potential, it is desirable that if this Court decides to undertake the exercise, it should first be undertaken with regard to digital media as there already exist sufficient framework and judicial pronouncements with regard to electronic media and print media,” mentioned the affidavit filed in reference to the Sudarshan TV case.

“The media includes mainstream electronic media, mainstream print media as well as a parallel media namely digital print media and digital web-based news portal and YouTube channels as well as ‘Over The Top’ platforms (OTTs),” mentioned the Ministry in an affidavit.

A bench comprising Justices D.Y. Chandrachud, Okay.M. Joseph and Indu Malhotra has stayed the printed of Sudarshan TV programme UPSC Jihad, till additional orders.

The apex courtroom has additionally indicated the organising of a five-member committee, together with folks of commendable stature with out having any politically divisive orientation, to supply requirements for digital media.

On this side, the Ministry within the affidavit mentioned the current petition is worried with balancing between the journalist’s freedom and accountable journalism, which is a discipline already occupied both by the statutory provisions made by Parliament or by the judgments of the Supreme Courtroom.

“…In view of the issue having already received attention of the Parliament, as well as, of this Court, the present petition be confined to only one channel namely Sudarshan T.V. and this Court may not undertake the exercise of laying down any further guidelines with or without appointment of an Amicus or a Committee of persons as Amicus,” mentioned the affidavit.

The highest courtroom will proceed listening to the matter on Thursday.


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