Congress in favour of self-regulation media Bill
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Congress in favour of self-regulation media Bill

The proposed bill is aimed at ensuring a level-playing field for both visual and print media, reports Saroj Nagi.

india Updated: Oct 18, 2006 23:34 IST
Saroj Nagi

The Congress is in favour of a self-regulation by the media to avoid sting operations that had an impact on national security and the privacy of individuals.

Only if it was felt necessary at a later stage, the government could consider a "basic law'' to impose certain curbs on this count.

Responding to questions, Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi made it clear that the party was not reacting to the apex court's observation that sting operations were not in the public interest.

"The Congress does not think it necessary to comment on the Court's observations…. If such remarks are incorporated in the operative portions of the judgment, then the party will take a view,'' he said.

He added that the proposed Broadcasting Service Regulation Bill, 2006, was aimed at ensuring a level playing field for both the visual and print media in the wake of globalisation and had nothing to do with sting operations.

Earlier, Singhvi charged that the Bharatiya Janata Party owed an explanation to the nation for its "violent, intolerant and anti-democratic'' behaviour in using brute force to suppress the farmers' agitation for water in Rajasthan recently.

Such behaviour was earlier reflected in the killing of a professor in Ujjain and the assault on a security personnel guarding BJP'sLK Advani in Bhopal. "These are not isolated acts of violence. They define the BJP's true colour, nature and philosophy…The BJP's chaal, chehra and charitra cannot be cloaked by political hypocrisy,'' he said.

Reacting to a query that three of the five states accounting for farmers' suicides were Congress-ruled, Singhvi said the Congress governments were fully involved in reducing the sufferings of the farmers and did not use brute force against them.

First Published: Oct 18, 2006 23:34 IST