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‘Anchor’s role is…’: Supreme Court criticizes hate speech on TV shows

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday strongly criticized hate speech through visual media, including the role of TV anchors, as it asserted that it poisons the fabric of our society and is the main factor in preventing such speeches. Questioned the government for being a mute spectator instead of playing a role. ,

A bench of Justices KM Joseph and Hrishikesh Roy observed that the role of anchor during TV debate is very important, as it pulled up TV channels for hate speech, and pointed out that it is the duty of the anchor to see that hate speech. Not used during the broadcast of a show.

Justice Joseph said, “Which direction is our country going? There is a lot of rhetoric in hate speech… it cannot be allowed.” The bench also pulled up the Centre’s counsel on the issue of hate speech. “Why is the government standing silent… Why is all this happening? People will come and go and the country will have to bear,” he said.

The bench suggested that there should be a system and there should be some methodology for conducting shows on TV and anchors should not humiliate people. Justice Joseph said, “You bring a person down. Just look how that person feels… You ridicule someone everyday, it’s like killing someone slowly.”

He further said that while these speeches on mainstream media or social media are irregular and anchor’s role is important, it is their duty to see that hate speech does not continue.

The bench told the counsel for the Centre that the government should not treat the issue of hate speech as a trivial matter and should take the initiative to develop a mechanism to check it. The bench also asked the Uttarakhand government’s counsel: “What action did you take, when Dharma Sansad (happening)… did you try to stop it?”, emphasizing that no religion is a victim of violence. does not promote.

The lawyer replied, “We have taken preventive action…”. Additional Solicitor General KM Natraj, representing the Centre, informed the bench that 14 state governments have responded to the action taken against hate speech.

The bench said that freedom of the press is important but we should know where to draw the line. It further states that there is a layer of hate speech and it is like killing someone, and TV channels attract people towards them. It further states that there can be no feeling of fraternity in an atmosphere of hatred.

It said the government should not take an adverse stand but should help the court and hear the matter further in November. It also asked the Center to clarify whether it intended to act on the recommendations of the Law Commission to curb hate speech.

The top court was hearing petitions regarding hate speech. One of the petitions, filed by advocate Ashwini Upadhyay, has sought a direction to the Center to examine international laws and take effective and stringent steps to check hate speech and rumor mongering in the country. The bench also indicated to evolve some guidelines as there is no law on hate speech.

On July 21, the Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Union Home Secretary to compile information regarding compliance of directions given earlier to state governments with regard to preventive and remedial measures to prevent situations like mob violence and hate speech. .

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