Republic Day violence: Media house denies in HC any offensive reporting against Sikh community

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Republic Day violence: Media house denies in HC any offensive reporting against Sikh community
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New Delhi, February 26

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A media house has denied earlier than the Delhi High Court the allegations of indulging in “offensive and potentially fatal” assault on the Sikh community by airing on its channel unverified movies concerning the Republic Day protest by farmers against the brand new agri legal guidelines.

In an affidavit filed in the excessive court docket, it has claimed that “not even a single assertion was made in relation to the Sikh community”.

The affidavit has been filed in response to one in all two PILs which have alleged that the media house “concocted”, “offensive and potentially fatal” assault on the Sikh community by circulating unverified movies concerning the Republic Day protest by farmers on its information platform.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has additionally filed its response to one of many two PILs, saying it’s the accountability of the channel proprietor to make sure that a programme telecast on TV doesn’t violate the Programme Code prescribed beneath the Cable Television Networks (CTN) Rules.

“Whenever a violation of the Programme Code is brought to the notice of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, appropriate action is taken as per the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act,” stated the affidavit, filed by Central authorities standing counsel Ajay Digpaul.

The ministry stated it has additionally arrange an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) to look into particular complaints concerning violation of the code.

The affidavits of the ministry and the media house have been filed in response to the plea moved by Rajya Sabha MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa claiming that the “vicious campaign directed against a particular community at a time when public sentiments are flared up could result in disastrous consequences, including endangering the lives, property and liberty of members of that community”.

An identical plea was moved by Delhi resident Manjit Singh GK contending that “allegations as made out in the said videos are absolutely untrue, baseless and a concoction of phantom imagination which bears no nexus to facts, whatsoever”.

Denying the allegations against it, the media house has claimed that the plea by Dhindsa was an try and “impose fetters or stifle the reporting of the press”.

It has additionally alleged that the petition was a “political gimmick to gain political mileage”.

Referring to the CTN Act and Rules, the media house stated, “There is a complete mechanism in relation to the regulation of the content of news broadcast in India. There is no further requirement of any additional legal structure or legislation in this regard.”   

It has additionally contended that the petitioner has not approached the suitable physique, News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA), with any grievance earlier than coming to the court docket. — PTI

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