Make ethics code must for all news channels, NBA tells SC- The Hindu -21-09-2020

The News Broadcasters Association (NBA) has told the Supreme Court to make its code of ethics against airing malicious, biased and regressive content applicable to all TV news channels.

The NBA suggested that the Court direct the government to include its ethical code in the Programme Code of the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994.

By doing so, all news channels, whether they are NBA members or not, will then have to follow the Programme Code containing the proposed amendments.

The NBA suggested that:
The News Broadcasters Services Authority (NBSA) should be granted recognition as an “independent self-regulatory mechanism” to receive and deal with complaints.

The orders passed by the NBSA should be made binding and enforceable on the channels.

The penalties mentioned therein could be made more stringent.

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