MIB issues advisory for TV channels, DPOs in wake of SC judgement on Ayodhya title suit

MUMBAI: The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has issued an advisory to all private satellite channels and distribution platform operators (DPOs) to adhere to Programme Codes under the Cable Television Network Act, 1995 in the wake of the Supreme Court judgement on the Ayodhya title dispute case.

The ministry asked the TV channels and DPOs to ensure that debates/discussions/visuals carried on electronic media do no incite any divisive or anti-national feelings or sentiments.

In light of the above, it is advised that particular caution be taken that all broadcast is in strict conformity to the Programme Code enshrined under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and no programme should carry anything which:
(i) contains attack on religions or communities or visuals or words contemptuous of religious groups or which promote anti-national attitudes;
(ii) contains anything obscene, defamatory, deliberate, false and suggestive innuendos and half-truths;
(iii) is likely to encourage or incite violence or contains anything against maintenance of law and order or which promotes anti-national attitudes; (iv) contains anything amounting to contempt of court; (v) contains anything affecting the integrity of the nation; &
(vi) criticises, maligns or slanders any individual in person or certain groups, segments of the social, moral or public life of the country.

“All private satellite channels, DTH operators, MSOs, and cable operators are requested to ensure strict compliance of the above,” the advisory reads.

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