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Broadcasting body issues guidelines to channels

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 07, 2013
First Published: 23:36 IST(7/1/2013) | Last Updated: 23:37 IST(7/1/2013)

The News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA), a self-regulatory body, has asked news channels not to show visuals or details that could "re-traumatise" victims of sexual assault or reveal their identities.

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The NBSA, headed by former Supreme Court chief justice JS Verma, issued guidelines for channels while reporting cases of sexual assault.

Justice Verma also heads the  panel now looking into laws dealing with crimes against women.

The guidelines come in the aftermath of the brutal rape of 23-year-old woman and interviews with a man who was a witness to the incident.

The NBSA has advised channels to balance the survivor's and the family's right to privacy and with public interest.

"News channels must ensure that no victim of sexual assault, violence, aggression, trauma or a witness to any such acts, is featured in any news report or programme, relating to such victim, without concealing the identity of such person," the NBSA has also said.

"In reporting cases of sexual assault on women, victims of child abuse and juvenile delinquents, to respect their privacy, the name, photograph and other details that may lead to disclosure of their identity or that of the family shall not be broadcast or divulged," the new guidelines stated.

Visuals of the victim must be completely morphed out, the NBSA statement said.


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