Setting Up Of Media Tribunal: SC Seeks Reply From Centre, Press & Broadcasting Bodies

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from the Centre, Press Council of India (PCI) and the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) on a PIL seeking setting up of a media tribunal to adjudicate on complaints against media, channels and networks, The New Indian Express (TNIE) reported quoting PTI.

A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian took note of the plea which also sought setting up of an independent committee headed by either a former Chief Justice of India or an apex court judge to review the entire legal framework related to media business regulations and suggest guidelines. The plea said media, particularly the electronic, has become like an unruly horse which needs to be tamed, the report added.

The PIL had been filed jointly by filmmaker, Nilesh Navalakha and civil engineer Nitin Memane. The top court tagged the PIL with a pending plea on the issue.

Those who were issued notices by the Bench:

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Press Council Of India (PCI), News Broadcasters Association (NBA), News Broadcasters Federation (NBF), News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA).

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