Supreme Court Cancels MediaOne Channel Ban

Supreme Court Cancels MediaOne Channel Ban

Recently, the Supreme Court has ordered the lifting of the broadcast ban on a news channel Media One.

  • It may be noted that some time ago the Central Government had imposed broadcasting restrictions on a Malayalam news channel Mediavan. The Supreme Court in Madhyamam Broadcasting Ltd. v. Union of India and others, 2022 ordered the removal of this restriction.
  • In this way, the court has emphasized on the freedom of the press.

Key points of the Supreme Court’s verdict –

  • The state cannot deprive citizens of their rights on the pretext of ‘national security’ without concrete facts.
  • Non-disclosure of reasons for denial of security clearance and submission of relevant facts only before the Court in a sealed cover is against the rights of the appellant.
  • The channel’s critical views against the policies of the government cannot be termed as anti-government.
  • Non-renewal of permission to operate a media channel is a restriction on the freedom of the press.
  • This freedom can be restricted only on reasonable grounds mentioned in Article 19(2) of the Constitution.

Role of media in democracy

  • Media is the fourth pillar of democracy. The other three pillars are the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary.
  • It acts as a bridge between the public and the government.
  • It exposes the flaws in a democratic society. This helps the government in making the administration more accountable, responsive and democratic.
  • The media can be used as a base for human rights advocacy and public opinion formation.

Challenges –

  • Paid news and fake news can influence public perception.
  • In the absence of objective journalism, false presentation of truth takes place in the society.
  • With the development of media, the privacy of people has also decreased.
  • There is a lack of diversity and cultural inclusion in the media.
  • Due process of law is not followed in the dia trial.

Source – The Hindu

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