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The Supreme Court Friday issued notices to the Centre and others, asking them to respond to a PIL seeking framing of guidelines to regulate contents of TV channels. Taking up the PIL filed by Hindu Janjagruti Samiti, a charitable trust, the Bench issued notices to Union ministries of Information and Broadcasting, Law and Justice and Communications & Information Technology as well as the Press Council of India, Election Commission, News Broadcasters Association, Indian Broadcasting Foundation and Advertising Standards Council of India.
Alleging that there is “absence” of regulatory authority for TV channels, the petition seeks regulation of electronic media in matters involving public morality, decorum and social tranquillity. It also states that self-regulation by electronic media has proved to be “ineffective” as the “self-regulating bodies” are private companies under control of media houses.