PIL moves Delhi HC to prevent news channels from preaching communal disharmony

The petition referred to Sudarshan TV and its coverage of the Tanishq ad on interfaith marriage.

NEW DELHI: A PIL has been filed in the Delhi high court in reference to the recent episode aired by Sudarshan TV on its programme Bindas Bol around the subject of the controversial Tanishq ad. The episode was aired on 12 October on the channel and talked about how the jewellery brand’s campaign was promoting ‘love jihad’ and attacking the psychology of the Hindu community.

The petition, which has been filed by advocate Asghar Khan, sought directions to the central government to formulate guidelines to ensure that news channels do not preach communal disharmony and hate speech. It also sought a mechanism to check content and advertisements which are spreading hatred and are against the spirit of the Union of India.

The plea said it can be clearly inferred from the Tanishq advertisement that its purpose was to showcase the spirit of unity and brotherhood amongst two religious groups.

"However, Sudharsahan TV in its 8 pm show ‘Bindas Bol’ dated 12.10.2020 made their best attempts to incite hatred amongst above said religious groups...editor-in-chief of Sudarshan News and anchor of the show Suresh Chavhanke mentioned that love jihad is now being promoted by the way of advertisements and to quote him he said ‘advertisement jihad’.. an insidious attempt has been made to insinuate that the community is involved in a planned conspiracy to infiltrate the advertisement agency,” the petition reads.

It stated that the central government and other authorities have, from time to time, issued directions and advisories to all private satellite TV channels, asking them to refrain from broadcasting content that may incite violence, threaten national integrity and violate the programme code.

However, Sudarshan TV has not followed any of these advisories and has come up with broadcasts and printed blogs that target the sentiments of a particular community, the petitioner states. This isn’t the first instance of litigation against the channel. It is currently in the dock for its programme 'UPSC Jihad' over complaints that it violated the program code by communalising the entry of Muslims into the civil services.

The plea further urged to ensure that the media houses report only true facts and not opinions and be responsible for what they are publishing.

The plea sought direction to the authorities to form guidelines to include restrictions as envisaged under Article 19 of the Constitution and orders of the Supreme Court to ensure that media does not abuse the freedom of speech and expression.

It has also prayed for imposition of "gag order" restraining the orators or authors of hate or derogatory speeches made on the lines of religion from addressing the public anywhere within the country till the disposal of the criminal proceeding initiated against them.

Latest Reads
Zee5 to stream Zee Bangla's latest offering 'Aparajita Apu'

MUMBAI: Zee Bangla has strengthened its primetime line-up with the launch of Aparajita Apu. The serial started airing on 30 November 2020 at 8.30 pm and now, it will be available on the network’s OTT platform, Zee5.

Television TV Channels Regional
India TV announces key promotions to strengthen core operations

India TV has made sweeping changes in its leadership team, elevating four of its key people looking after business revenue, corporate affairs, television operations, and growth and monetisation aspects.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
Uday Shankar gets appointed as FICCI president

Here’s another stripe he’s adding to the numerous ones he has got during his fascinating career. Disney Star India chairperson and Walt Disney Co Asia Pacific president  Uday Shankar will take over as FICCI president–elect for 2020-21

Television TV Channels People
Colors bolsters its primetime with Namak Issk Ka

She is known to win hearts with her thumkas and flamboyance. Wearing her bright lipstick and sheer exuberance, she sets the stage on fire with her impeccable dance moves. Meet Chamcham, the famous professional dancer or nachaniya.

Television TV Channels GECs
There will be a ‘Mahabharat’ between TV & OTT: BARC’s Sunil Lulla

BARC India CEO Sunil Lulla is in a unique position, being at the helm of a body which is the only industry currency for the 3.5-billion-dollar television advertising market. Needless to say, it comes with a lot of responsibility.

Television TV Channels Viewership
Marketers want news channel viewership data to be more frequent

The Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) and the representatives of the news genre have often been at loggerheads; the latter having several complaints regarding how the measurements work.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
India tour of Australia moves into second leg with 3 T20I matches

Sony Pictures Sports Network (SPSN), the official broadcaster of India tour of Australia, is all set to air the three upcoming T20I matches between the two cricketing giants, from 4 December, 2020. The T20I matches will be broadcast live and exclusive on Sony Ten 1 in English, Sony Ten 3 in Hindi...

Television TV Channels Sports
Hero ISL shoots up 16 per cent in viewership

Football fever is going strong in India with the seventh edition of the Hero ISL currently underway. As the first major live sporting league played in the country post the onset of Covid2019, the Hero ISL has logged a significant growth trajectory with a 16 per cent spike in viewership in the...

Television TV Channels Sports
BARC week 47: Sony Sab returns to form

MUMBAI: Sony Sab has regained its position on pay platform, replacing Zee TV on the second spot in week 47 (Saturday 21 November 2020 to Friday 27 November 2020) of Broadcast Audience Research Council of India (BARC) data. Dangal has slipped down to ninth place on pay platform. Pay Platform

Television TV Channels Viewership

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required