Last Updated: September 21, 2022, 16:37 IST
The Supreme Court on Wednesday came down heavily on television channels while hearing pleas regarding incidents of hate speech and said that the role of anchor is “very critical”.
“Political parties are making capital out of it. TVs are acting as platforms. Either Hate Speech takes place in social media or TVs. As far as mainstream TVs which still hold way, there role of the anchor is very critical,” said Justice KM Joseph during the hearing today.
He added that most of the times, those who want to speak are muted.
Justice Joseph asked why the government is remaining a “mute-spectator”. “The government should not take an adversarial stand but assist. Why haven’t you filed counter?”
Senior Advocate Sanjay Hegde, who was appearing for one of the petitioners, said, “Channels and politicians feed on such speech. Channels get money, they keep 10 people in debates. The industry is highly unregulated.”
The apex court said, “One channel was fined heavily in UK. We don’t have that here.”
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