NBDSA issues guidelines for broadcasting on issues concerning the LGBTQIA+ community

The guidelines state that reporting should not sensationalize or create panic, distress, or undue fear among viewers.

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The News Broadcasting & Digital Standards Authority (NBDSA) has released fresh rules to ensure that broadcasters report issues concerning the LGBTQIA+ community accurately, objectively, and sensitively. Additionally, these rules recommend that broadcasters aim for varied representation. 

The guidelines suggest that reporting should not sensationalize or instigate panic, distress, or excess fear among viewers. Broadcasters should also refrain from using any language that may be interpreted as hate speech against the LGBTQIA+ community. This involves avoiding language that perpetuates stereotypes or promotes homophobia or transphobia. 

The guidelines stress the importance of preserving the privacy of LGBTQIA+ individuals. Broadcasters should not reveal personal information, such as gender identity or sexual orientation, without the individual’s permission. Moreover, the rules urge broadcasters to utilize inclusive and gender-neutral language when discussing the LGBTQIA+ community. This encompasses respecting individuals’ desired pronouns and names. 

Lastly, the NBDSA encourages broadcasters to aim for varied representation and make certain that voices from various sectors of the LGBTQIA+ community are heard. These fresh rules represent a positive step towards ensuring that the LGBTQIA+ community is portrayed fairly and accurately in the media. By these rules, the NBDSA hopes to foster a more inclusive and empathetic society.

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Abhinav is the Editor-in-Chief at DreamDTH with over 5 years of experience in covering industry developments. He is passionate about staying appraised of the latest developments in the industry and bringing forth their shortcomings. Specializing in DTH, television, broadcasting, and the entertainment sector, Abhinav is dedicated to exploring the happenings in these dynamic fields. Outside of work, he indulges in podcasts and audiobooks and enjoys unwinding with light-hearted, sci-fi, and thriller shows.

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How segmented India is that there are new guidelines for every group out there?

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