Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Home India SC Asks Centre To Evolve Mechanism Against Fake News

SC Asks Centre To Evolve Mechanism Against Fake News

Supreme Court expressed strong displeasure on the Centre's affidavit in a case related to media reporting on a Tablighi Jamaat congregation

The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed strong displeasure on the Centre’s affidavit in a case related to media reporting on a Tablighi Jamaat congregation during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The top court asked the Centre “to consider evolving a mechanism to address issues with content on TV, or else, the court may entrust it to an outside agency”.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that the court is not happy with Centre’s affidavit in the matter, as it skirts what powers government has under the Cable TV Network Act to hear such complaints.

Follow NewsGram on Twitter to stay updated about the World news.

The bench asked the Centre to specify how the Cable TV Network Act can be used to control the content of the Cable TV network.

“Your affidavit is silent on it. The other issue, what steps you can take to deal with such complaints.

“The mechanism — your affidavit is silent on it. Please put all these in your amended affidavit. You (the Centre) have the power under the Act,” added the bench.

Follow NewsGram on Instagram to keep yourself updated.

The Chief Justice told the Centre why should the court refer to NBSA (News Broadcasters Association), and others when the Centre has the authority to look into it.

The counsel for NBA said it had received around 100 complaints. Pixabay

“If it does not exist, then you create an authority, or else we will hand it over to an outside agency,” added the Chief Justice.

The top court has asked the Centre to inform it what mechanism is available under the Cable TV Network (Regulation) Act and what action can be taken against fake news in three weeks.

In August, the Supreme Court, during the hearing of the plea by Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind, which cited the demonizing of the minority in connection with the Tablighi Jamaat congregation by various media organizations, had said the governments do not act till we direct them to.

Want to read more in Hindi? Checkout: डोनाल्ड ट्रंप और जो बाइडेन के बीच चुनावी नतीजों को लेकर गतिरोध जारी 

The top court had observed, “We have seen from our experience that governments do not act until we direct them to.” The Chief Justice added he is not criticizing Mehta but the government does not act until we direct. “That is why this system is here,” added the bench.

The top court had suggested making the National Broadcasters Association (NBA) a party in this plea. The Press Council of India (PCI) counsel had contended before the bench it has taken cognizance of 50 instances of false reporting.

The counsel for NBA said it had received around 100 complaints.

The top court noted that it would need assistance from expert bodies on this issue and sought reports from the NBA and PCI. Jamiat’s counsel had contended these bodies merely play an advisory role and if there is any action then the government can only take it.

ALSO READ: Why Indian Businesses Require A GST Compliant Accounting Software

The pleas filed through advocate Ejaz Maqbool said: “By communalizing the issue and demonizing the entire Muslim community, the actions of the media pose a serious threat to the life and liberty of Muslims across the country. The demonization is also an infringement of the right to live with dignity which is also covered under Article 21 of the Constitution.” (IANS)



Most Popular

Indian Tunes At The Grammy Award Nominations This Year

Amid all the noise about snubs and transparency, there are a few Indian tunes that have struck the right note at the Grammy Award...

Revamp Your Workspace By These Seven Simple Step

In the era of social distancing where work from home has become the new norm, establishing a work-life balance can be tricky especially when...

A Tribute To India’s Textile Heritage- Showcasing India’s Textile Arts Digital Museum

Erstwhile royal families and historic properties have come together to pay tribute to India's textile heritage by working with karigars (or local artisan designers)...

U.S President-Elect Joe Biden Names Top Economic Officials

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are set to introduce the top economic officials they have picked for their administration at...

Chemical Compounds In Green Tea And Dark Chocolate Can Block The Virus

In a unique study, researchers have claimed that chemical compounds in foods or beverages like green tea, muscadine grapes, and dark chocolate can bind...

Post-Antibiotic Era Is A Threat To Global Health

Amid the pandemic, another challenge has been thrown up before mankind as antibiotic resistance has emerged as one of the biggest threats to global...

Top Games To Play on Sony PS5 and Microsoft Xbox

The next generation of Microsoft Xbox Series X/S and the Sony PlayStation 5 consoles are fast disappearing from the shelves and those who are...

Predicting Breast Cancer By Deep Learning Model

Researchers have developed a deep learning model that identifies imaging biomarkers on screening mammograms to predict a patient's risk for developing breast cancer with...

Recent Comments