Sunday, December 20, 2009

India Needs Good Broadcasting Laws And Regulations

A task force for broadcasting authority of India has been constituted by the government of India. This announcement has been made after the recent constitution of a committee by the Delhi High Court. There is an emergent need of formulating suitable policies and regulations in this regard. This requirement has been avoided by the government of India for a long period of time.

According to Praveen Dalal, Managing Partner of Perry4Law and the leading Techno-Legal Expert of India, “The Delhi High Court has recently constituted a committee to formulate guidelines for crime reporting by the media. He informs that similar proposals were mooted by the government of India as well but they were strongly resisted by the media community. Now with the present direction the path for suitable guidelines and law in this regard has become clear.

It seems the government of India is avoiding suitable regulations for media in India. The stress upon self-regulation for the media is a pointer in this regard. The standards of media reporting in India are not only declining but they at times makes national security issues more complicated. While the government is extensively engaged in e-surveillance of the electronic media yet when it comes to print and traditional broadcasting media it has a soft corner for them. This would not be good in the interest of India.

The task force must provide suitable policies and strategies regarding broadcasting laws of India. If the purpose of the task force is to merely advance self regulation, then the Parliament of India must step in to formulate proper laws as soon as possible.