News Broadcasting Standards Authority Current Affairs - 2019
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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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The Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued guidelines to media on various issue related to elections like exit polls, publication of results etc.
Guidelines of Election Commission
- Section 126A of the Representation of People Act 1951 prohibits the conduct of exit poll and dissemination of its results the hour fixed for the commencement of poll in the first phase and half an hour after the time fixed for the close of poll for the last phase in all the states. The advisory by the election commission states that exit polls can only be telecast after the final phase of polling for the Lok Sabha elections ends on May 19.
- The advisory on exit polls is also applicable for Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim.
- The ECI has asked the TV, radio channels, cable networks, websites and social media platforms to ensure that the contents of programmes telecast during the 48-hour period before the end of polls in each phase do not contain any material, including views or appeals by participants that may be construed as promoting or prejudicing the prospect of any particular party or candidate as per the Section 126 of Representation of People Act 1951.
- The advisory warns that any violation by broadcasters will be reported to the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) by the Election Commission and will be dealt with by the NBSA under its regulations.
- The news broadcasters are advised not to air any final or definite results until they are formally announced by the Election Commission. Further, such results should be carried with a disclaimer that they are “unofficial or incomplete or partial results or projections which should not be taken as final results.
The Election Commission has asked the political parties to not criticise other countries, or make any verbal attack on any community or religion, use defamatory or obscene remarks or incite violence during the broadcast time allocated in public broadcasting agencies.