I-B Ministry advises private news channels against using scandalous headlines
Citing instances of violation, the I-B Ministry expressed serious concern and strongly advised against violation of provisions of The Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and the rules under it.
Updated 24 Apr 2022, 4:33 pm
Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Saturday issued advisory to private TV news channels against making false claims and using scandalous headlines.
The Ministry has called for adherence to the provisions of Section 20 of The Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, including the Programme Code laid down under it.
In recent past, several Satellite TV channels have carried out coverage of events and incidents in a manner which appears to be unauthentic, misleading, sensational and using socially unacceptable language and remarks, offending good taste and decency, and obscene and defamatory and having communal overtones, the ministry pointed out in a release.
The advisory cites the Ukraine-Russian conflict and the incidence in North-West Delhi in particular where TV news content and debates have been found in violation of Programme Code.
While in the case of reporting on Ukraine-Russia conflict the Ministry stated that it has found channels making scandalous headlines unrelated to the news item and journalists making unsubstantiated and fabricated claims and using hyperbole in order to incite audience, in case of Delhi violence, certain channels have aired news items with provocative headlines and videos of violence that may incite communal hatred among the communities and disrupt peace and law and order. The channels have further fabricated headlines giving communal colour to actions of authorities, the ministry added.
The Ministry has noted and cautioned private TV channels against broadcasting debates having unparliamentary, provocative and socially unacceptable language, communal remarks and derogatory references which may have a negative psychological impact on viewers and may also incite communal disharmony and disturb the peace at large.
Citing these instances of violation, the Ministry expressed serious concern over the programmes aired and strongly advised against violation of provisions of The Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and the rules under it.
The advisory is available on the website of Ministry of I&B at www.mib.gov.in
First published:23 Apr 2022, 11:45 am
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