Media Current Affairs - 2019

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Justice A K Sikri appointed as the Chairperson of NBSA

Former Supreme Court judge, Justice A K Sikri is appointed as the chairperson of News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) by the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) .

He will succeed current Chairperson Justice(Retd.) R.V. Raveendran (also a former Judge of Supreme Court) who completes his term on 25 May. He will assume office of Chairperson of NBSA from 26 May 2019.

About Justice Sikri

  • In 1977 he enrolled as an Advocate and commenced his practise in Delhi.
  • In 199 he was elevated as Judge to Delhi High Court (HC).
  • In 2011 for a very short time, he was appointed as acting Chief Justice of the Delhi HC. Later in 2012 he was appointed as Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court.
  • In April 2013, he was elevated as judges to Supreme Court of India. He served as SC judge for about six years and retired in March 2019.

About News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA)

  • It is an independent body (free from any interference from NBA) for self-regulation of 24×7 news channels, who are members of NBA. It is basically a self-regulatory mechanism which was set up by News Broadcasters Association (NBA).
  • The aim behind setting NBSA was to improve broadcasting standards and adhere to Code of Ethics (to regulate television content) that were adopted by NBA in November 2007.
  • NBSA act as an in-house regulator discharges function as a watchdog.
  • It decides about complaints made against any member broadcasters who might have allegedly violated (or offended) Code of Ethics, Guidelines and Advisories that are issued from time to time.
  • NBSA is empowered to censure, warn, express disapproval, admonish, and penalize the broadcaster with a fine of sum upto Rs. 1 lakh for violation of Code.
  • The Broadcast Editors’ Association, is another such organization.
  • The Advertising Standards Council of India has also drawn certain guidelines on content of advertisements.
  • These groups do not have any statutory powers and are govern through agreements.

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EC bans publication of Uncertified ads on Polling Day & Day Before

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has barred parties, candidates and others from publishing political advertisements on polling day and a day prior to it in each of the seven phases of Lok Sabha polls unless their contents are pre-certified by screening committees.

The Election commission has stated that the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee at the state and district levels be immediately activated to examine and pre-certify all such advertisements received from the political parties.

Why Ban?

  • Instances of advertisements of offending and misleading nature published in print media have been brought to its notice in the past.
  • Such misleading advertisements in the last stage of the election vitiate the entire election process. The affected candidates and parties will not have any opportunity of providing clarification/rebuttal in such a scenario.
  • To ensure that no untoward incident takes place because of any inflammatory or hate advertisements.

At present, electronic media is barred from showing election publicity material during the last 48 hours before the conclusion of polling. Using its constitutional powers, the Election Commission has directed no political party, candidates or others will publish any advertisement in the print media on the day and one day prior to polling day in all the phases unless they are pre-certified by the screening committees. The EC had taken such a decision for the first time in 2015 Bihar polls.

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