I&B ministry asks private satellite TV channels to adhere to Programme Code

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NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Friday asked all

private satellite television channels

to adhere to the

Programme Code

and emphasised that no programme should criticise, malign or slander any individual or certain groups.
The advisory comes in the wake of actor Rakul Preet Singh's plea in

the Delhi High Court

alleging defamatory programmes being run against her in connection with a drugs probe related to the

Sushant Singh Rajput

death case.
In its advisory, the ministry said on

various occasions

in the past, it has issued advisories to private satellite TV channels to broadcast content strictly adhering to the Programme and

Advertising Codes

as prescribed under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and the rules framed thereunder.

Attention

is drawn to the provisions of the Programme Code as per which no programme should contain anything obscene, defamatory, deliberate, false and suggestive innuendos and half truths, the advisory said.
As per the Code, no programme should criticise, malign or slander any individual in person or certain groups, segments of social, public and moral life of the country, the ministry said.
“All private satellite TV channels are requested to ensure compliance with the directions above,” it said.
The high court had, in its September 17 order, said, “It is hoped that the media houses and television channels would show restraint in the reporting and abide by the provisions of the Programme Code as also the various guidelines, both statutory and self regulatory, while making any report in relation to the petitioner.”

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