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New self-policing guidelines issued for TV broadcasts

New self-policing guidelines issued for TV broadcasts
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First Published: Thu, Dec 18 2008. 10 31 PM IST

 Strict rules: Photographers and members of the media covering the terrorist attack at the Taj hotel in Mumbai on 28 November.
Strict rules: Photographers and members of the media covering the terrorist attack at the Taj hotel in Mumbai on 28 November.
Updated: Thu, Dec 18 2008. 10 31 PM IST
New Delhi: The News Broadcasters Association (NBA), an industry body of television news channels, unveiled a new set of guidelines that it said will govern members during coverage of emergency situations. India’s TV news channels had come under criticism for their coverage of the Mumbai terrorist attacks.
Strict rules: Photographers and members of the media covering the terrorist attack at the Taj hotel in Mumbai on 28 November.
The six-point guidelines will become part of a larger code of conduct for news channels put in place by the NBA in October.
The code is governed by the News Broadcasting Standards Disputes Redressal Authority, which can act on its own as well as on viewer complaints.
In the aftermath of the Mumbai terror coverage, the ministry of information and broadcasting has already issued notices to two Hindi news channels—Aaj Tak and India TV.
The guidelines that were issued on Thursday are, at least in parts, vague directives that leave plenty of room for interpretation. While the first guideline says all emergency-related news should be “tested on the touchstone of ‘public interest’,” the second guideline says: “The media has the responsibility to disseminate information which is factually accurate and objective.”
The guidelines cover specific points for which some of the channels had come under attack during the Mumbai coverage, such as the live interview of a terrorist, live coverage of rescue operations, broadcast of the location of those who were trapped in the hotels that were attacked, and repeated broadcast of gory visuals.
Retired justice J.S. Verma, the chairman of the News Broadcasting Standards Disputes Redressal Authority, said the authority could interpret the guidelines strictly if it wished to do so.
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First Published: Thu, Dec 18 2008. 10 31 PM IST