Expressing displeasure at the content being telecast by news channels, Madras high court on Tuesday orally observed that media should have some responsibility and not telecast everything since they do not have any censorship. A division bench of Justices N Kirubakaranand B Pugalendhi observed that there must be some control over television channels

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Channels can’t telecast everything, control needed: Madras HC

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MADURAI: Expressing displeasure at the content being telecast by news channels, Madras high court on Tuesday orally observed that media should have some responsibility and not telecast everything since they do not have any censorship. A division bench of Justices N Kirubakaranand B Pugalendhi observed that there must be some control over television channels.

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Ever since the media telecast the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, even terrorists were watching TV channels for clues to attack. The other day, a girl was butchered in Karnataka and it was also shown on TV. The judges said that media should have some responsibility to ensure that such kinds of visuals are not shown on screen. Since even a newborn child stares at the screen nowadays and children in general are attending online classes, the judges wondered what would be the impact such visuals have on them.
With regard to obscene TV advertisements and programmes, the judges orally said they enter the houses without permission. There is a need to regulate the contents that are broadcast on TV. The court was hearing a batch of two public interest litigations – one seeking a direction to the central and state governments to monitor and take actions against the TV channels and cable operators for telecast of vulgar and obscene programmes and advertisements, and another seeking action against online gaming groups involved in cyber crimes, scam and illegal data transfer.
The court had earlier ordered notices to cricketers Virat Kohli and Sourav Ganguly and actors Prakash Raj, Tamannaah Bhatia, Rana Daggubati and Sudeep who had featured in advertisements for online games. Counsels for Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly and Tamannaah Bhatia submitted that Tamil Nadu government had promulgated an ordinance banning online gambling in the state.
It is worth recalling that the court had last month taken a serious view of nudity being telecast under the cover of doctor’s advice as well as advertisements on channels, which would affect the minds of youngsters and children. The court had then granted interim injunction restraining the channels from telecasting such advertisements and programmes.

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