Advocate Reepak Kansal has filed a petition in the Supreme Court, seeking constitution of an independent authority, the Broadcast Regulatory Authority of India. The PIL mentioned that there is no law in existence to bring broadcasting employees/ Anchors in the definition of journalists and electronic broadcasting channels in the definitions of ‘PRESS’ or Journalist etc.
The petition has been filed to curb the evil of parallel media trial, judgmental views and interference with the administration of justice. It seeks to constitute a body that regulates electronic media channels and facilitates development of broadcasting services in India; as electronic media does not come under the ambit of Press Council of India.
The plea states that Freedom of Speech is subject to reasonable restrictions under Article 19 of the Indian Constitution. Keeping this in mind, electronic media must be restricted from “assassinating” the dignity of any individual, community, religious saint or religious/ political organization, in the name of ‘Freedom of Press’.