Sudarshan TV case: In ‘message to media’, SC says country can’t survive with divisive agenda

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: September 18, 2020 11:02:23 pm

The issue is fundamentally political and we should not pretend that fine legal distinctions will solve the issue. The big lesson of the last two decades is that an over-reliance on legal instruments to solve fundamentally social and political problems often backfires.

Taking strong objection to the Bindas Bol programme by Sudarshan TV that claims to expose a “conspiracy to infiltrate Muslims in government service,” the Supreme Court Friday said a message must be sent to the media that “a particular community cannot be targeted” in the name of investigative journalism and that the “country cannot survive with such an agenda”.

The apex court, which has restrained Sudarshan TV from broadcasting remaining episodes of the show, also pulled up the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the National Broadcasting Association (NBA) for their alleged inaction and sought suggestions of the Centre and the NBA for strengthening the “self-regulating mechanism for electronic media”.

Asking whether media can be allowed to “target whole set of communities” and “alienate them” by doing such kind of stories, the bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud said, “painting all candidates as carrying out an agenda shows…

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