Supreme Court slams ‘hate speech’ in TV debate, says anchor plays a big role

Taking a tough stand on hate speech in the media, the Supreme Court has lambasted TV channels. The top court said that the anchor has a great responsibility during the debate on a TV channel. He should stop the hate speech. Questioning the government as well, the Supreme Court said that why does the government remain a mute spectator in this matter. Hearing the petitions filed last year, Justice KM Joseph said, there is no control over the speeches made in the mainstream media and on social media. In such a situation, it is the responsibility of the anchor to stop the hate speech.

Justice Joseph said, freedom of the press is necessary but we should know where the boundary line is. He said that hate speech can be of many types. It is like killing someone or killing him slowly. He said that the government should not take any adverse action but should at least cooperate with the court in this matter.

The next hearing of the case will be on November 23. The court has sought a response from the central government on the recommendations of the Law Commission to stop hate speech. In the year 2017, the Law Commission had given a report in the Supreme Court to stop hate speech. It said, ‘Hate speech is not defined in any law of India. However, some forms of speech other than freedom of expression have been banned. Section 153C, 505A of the IPC also talks about prohibition against provocative speech.

Let us tell you that the debate on TV in the evening often goes viral on social media. There are also many such clips which are attached to hate speech. Earlier this month, Google and Meta also said that they would remove such content from their platforms. Apart from this, efforts will be made to increase media literacy among the youth.

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