MIB issued advisory to broadcasters against broadcasting disturbing visuals

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11 Aug 2022
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Govt advises broadcasters against showing visuals that are not in 'good taste and decency'
MIB issues advisory after observing that some channels have reported incidents of accidents, deaths, and violence in a manner that was quite unpalatable to the eyes and ears of a common viewer
Taking note of some recent incidents where TV news channels showed clips which “grossly compromised on good taste and decency”, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has issued an advisory to broadcasters to attune their systems and practices of reporting incidents of crime, accidents and violence, including death, in conformity with the Programme Code.

“This Ministry has time and again issued advisory to Private Satellite Te1ex’ision channels for adhering to the Programme Code laid down under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1'995. The Ministry has observed that over the last few months, several television channels including the mainstream channels have reported incidents of accidents, deaths, and violence including violence against women, children and elderly in manners which grossly compromised on "good taste and decency”, and were quite unpalatable to the eyes and ears of a common viewer. Television, being a platform usually watched by families in households with people from all cohorts — old aged, middle-aged. children, etc., and with various socio-economic backgrounds, place certain sense of responsibility and discipline among the broadcasters, which have been enshrined in the Programme Code and the Advertising Code laid down under the said Act,” read the advisory.

At this rate it's better to slowly drift from news to just talk shows at let the political gossip reign in the news channels if they can't show the news.
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