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Severe Restrictions On Entire Media Not Called For Just Because A Few Channels Have Gone Out Of Control: NBSA Tells Bombay HC

first_imgNews UpdatesSevere Restrictions On Entire Media Not Called For Just Because A Few Channels Have Gone Out Of Control: NBSA Tells Bombay HC Nitish Kashyap16 Oct 2020 7:03 AMShare This – xSenior Advocate Arvind Datar, appearing for the News Broadcasting Standards Authority(NBSA), told the Bombay High Court on Friday that the practice of “media trial” is followed by only a few channels, and that should not be a reason to tighten the control over the entire electronic media.He was making submissions before a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice G S Kulkarni…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSenior Advocate Arvind Datar, appearing for the News Broadcasting Standards Authority(NBSA), told the Bombay High Court on Friday that the practice of “media trial” is followed by only a few channels, and that should not be a reason to tighten the control over the entire electronic media.He was making submissions before a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice G S Kulkarni of the Bombay High Court in a batch of petitions seeking regulation on “media trial” in the context of reporting of the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.He submitted that self-regulation of media is the norm in all civilized countries and that state control over media can affect press freedom.While hearing the Additional Solicitor General for the Union of India, the bench had expressed concerns over the lack of statutory regulation on electronic media and that the concept of self-regulation of media has failed.’Self-Regulation Of Media Has Failed’, Says Bombay HC In Plea Against ‘Media Trial’ In SSR CaseResponding to such concerns, Mr. Datar submitted :”Media is the eyes and ears of the public. The press is considered a trustee and it discharges its duty. A free press, a free electronic media is the heart and soul of democracy. To maintain this freedom, the opportunity of self-regulation is given. Once there is state regulation, there will be multiple problems. Self-regulation of media is the norm in all civilized countries. In most democracies, by and large, there is no fetter on free speech and free expression. India has taken the path of Article 19(2) after the first amendment. If you add restrictions beyond a point where the functioning of the press becomes a problem, then that has been struck down.”Citing the example of the judgment of the Supreme Court in the Sahara case where a plea a for statutory regulation was expressly rejected, Datar said that the Supreme Court and High Courts have zealously guarded the freedom of the press. Datar then responded to the Court’s query why there was no statutory body like the Press Council of India for electronic media, Datar said :”With due respect, it is not correct to say that electronic media is completely unregulated and is going wild. The NBSA has passed several orders over the years. The Code of Conduct adopted by the Press Council is exactly similar to the NBA code of conduct. The Ministry has taken action against channels. Electronic media is subject to a statutory framework The conduct of three or four channels should not be taken to paint the entire media in a poor light.Just because a few channels have gone out of control, that should not be a ground to impose severe restrictions on the entire electronic media. We cannot discount the fact that the media in India, through investigative journalism or sting operations, have exposed many irregularities.Not just in India. The Watergate scandal was brought out by 2 journalists (Bob Woodword and Carl Bernstein)”Thereafter, Datar referred to certain orders passed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting asserting that appropriate action can be taken in case of any violation. He then submitted that the current NBA chairman is a former Supreme Court judge, referring to Justice AK Sikri, who is the chairman. NBA is capable of deciding a violation of Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution, Datar said.Sr Advocate Datar also cited the examples of instances where the designated authority under the I&B Ministry passed an order warning or putting out an advisory for violation of the programme code. When the Court enquired who was passing the order exactly, Datar submitted it was the Director of Broadcasting, who has passed the order in most of the 200 such instances cited in the compilation submitted by one of the petitioners. “Is there any channel against which action was taken for taking part or indulging in media trial?”, CJ Dipankar Datta asked.”Not so far I think, I will check and get back”, Datar responded.”Most orders are in the nature of warnings and advisories. There is a regime of warning and advisories”, Justice Kulkarni remarked, referring to examples cited by Adv Datar of action taken by the ministry and authority under it.In the 2018 Common Cause case, the Supreme Court directed the Centre to inform about the grievance redressal mechanism available to the public against broadcast and radio stations, Datar continued.The Ministry issues advisories to news channels from time to time. Advisories were issued in the context of Ayodhya judgment asking channels to show restraint while debating on the verdict. Advisory was also issued to the media for coverage of anti-terrorist operations. Such advisories are not sent to the print media, Datar urged.He further submitted that there is an advisory on selective leaks by the police to the media. In 2010, the Home Ministry issued an advisory on police briefing for the media. Now, some channels are given selective information, which are reported attributing to “sources”, Datar added.Datar then began reading the NBSA’s order against Aaj Tak, Zee News, India TV and News24 for insensitive reporting of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.Referring to NBSA’s order imposing a fine of Rs.1 lakh on Aaj Tak, Datar conceded that the fine amount is not big for any channel these days but the direction for public apology can have serious consequences as it affects the credibility of the channel, he argued.At this juncture, Court interrupted Senior Advocate Datar and asked him to continue his submissions on the next date of hearing which is Monday, October 19.Before rising, Chief Justice Datta pointed to a quote he saw in the background in Advocate Datar’s office and said if everyone follows this the world will be a better place.”Yes your Lordship, I really believe in this Zoroastrian teaching of Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds” Adv Datar said with a smile. 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Manslaughter charges dismissed in Penn State hazing case

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(CENTRE COUNTY, Pa.) — A Pennsylvania judge has dismissed multiple charges — including involuntary manslaughter charges against five former Penn State fraternity brothers — after a several-day hearing in the case of the death of pledge Tim Piazza.The hearing was to determine if there was enough evidence to go to trial for 11 of the 26 men who were facing charges in connection with Piazza’s fatal fall.The charges that now remain are: conspiracy to commit hazing for 2 defendants and furnishing alcohol to minors and unlawful acts relative to minor for 3 defendants.The judge Wednesday completely dismissed charges against six of the 11 former fraternity brothers. But all 11 still face other charges that were previously allowed to stand.Other defendants have not had this preliminary hearing. The next one is set for May.Piazza, a 19-year-old sophomore, died after falling down stairs at the Beta Theta Pi house on Feb. 2, 2017. The fraternity has since been barred from Penn State.Video of Piazza chugging vodka, beer and wine in an alleged hazing ritual at the house the night of the fatal fall was part of the evidence prosecutors introduced in court on Monday. Pledges are seen on video playing beer pong, and every time a pledge misses a shot, he is handed a beer to chug. Piazza at one point is seen stumbling and staggering.One defense attorney, Rocco Cipparone, had said after court Monday, “[The basement video] clearly exhibited a party, a social event, not a hazing event. It looked to me like voluntary drinking among people that you would expect to see at any fraternity party or sorority party or most college parties probably.”Piazza family attorney Tom Kline — who had said after court Monday that the video of the pledges lined up and allegedly forced to drink made them look “like prisoners of war” — said in a new statement today that the Piazzas are disappointed the involuntary manslaughter charges were dropped.Kline added that Piazza’s parents “are optimistic that the Pennsylvania Attorney General will obtain a full measure of justice on behalf of their son, and this prosecution will eventually deter this kind of abhorrent conduct.”Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement today, “We will move forward with our case and the charges that were held for trial today. I am disappointed by the decision of the Magisterial District Judge and we are assessing our legal options. My office is committed to seeking justice for Timothy Piazza and his family and holding responsible individuals accountable for their actions, consistent with the law and the evidence in this case.”Piazza fell down the stairs after participating in that alleged alcohol-fueled hazing ritual at the frat house, but brothers didn’t call 911 until the morning of Feb. 3, about 12 hours after Piazza’s fall, according to a report on the grand jury’s investigation.He died on Feb. 4 of traumatic brain injuries.Prosecutors claim the frat brothers then tried to cover up the alleged hazing and underage drinking.One former fraternity member allegedly texted his girlfriend “drink hazing can send me to jail,” and “I don’t want to go to jail for this,” prosecutors said. “I think we are f—–,” he added.Another text read, “Make sure the pledges keep quiet about last night and this situation.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

FT: Togo 1-2 Ivory Coast

first_img1654 Referee whistles for the end of the game. 2-1 it ends in favour of Ivory Coast.1653 What a save in the dying minute by Barry to prevent a late equaliser from the Hawks. Barry palmed out a goal bound flick much to the relief of the tournament favourites.1647 GOAL!!! Gervinho snatches late goal for the Ivorians after a superb volley from a Toure free-kick.1635 Hawks goal keeper pulls off a superb save to keep alive the Togo hope of securing at least a point. Toure had been set up by Gervinho but his goal bound shot was excellently grabbed by the goal keeper.1618 Nibombe soars to connect with a head which zooms straight into the net but referee rules that out and Nibombe is furious. He had started jubilation already.1617 Adebayor played through and he shields the ball well in the 18 yard box as Kolo Toure keeps an eye on him. Corner it goes for the Hawks. 1603 Referee whistles for the beginning of the second half Half time 1545+3 Goal!!!!!! Togo draw level after a well taken corner kick. It is Jonathan Ayite who fires what will be a crucial goal for the Hawks.1545 Yahya Toure fires a bullet at the threshhold of the 18 yard box but it goes of the woodwork. Great shot.1544 Great piece of defending denies Drogba’s Ivory Coast a second goal. 1526 Adebayor makes an excellent run up-field down the left flank and sends in a cross but nobody to connect. This is the closest the Hawks have come to scoring after the initial fluff by Adebayor.1508 GOAL!!!!! Ivory Coast are up. Yahya Toure opens the account for the Ivorians after yet another defensive blunder. The City midfielder blasts a low grounder which goes through a forest of legs and into the net for the Ivorian goal.1503 Adebayor wastes a glorious opportunity after a horrific defensive blunder. He has only the Ivorian goal keeper to beat but he over elaborates. A chance he might just rue at the end of the game.1500 Togo set set Group D underway.1453 The National anthems of both countries are on. 1450 The two teams make their way to the pitch all poised for the opener.Tournament favorites Ivory Coast play the Hawks of Togo in the opening Group D match in the AFCON 2013 tournament ongoing in South Africa.last_img read more

USC pulls football booster’s season tickets for ‘blatantly racist’ tweets promoting violence toward protesters

first_imgRacism and hate speech will not be tolerated. pic.twitter.com/Ariz9zkdJ1— Mike Bohn (@USC_mikebohn) June 1, 2020On Friday, Brown’s account replied to a tweet from writer Tony Posnanski complaining about President Trump’s encouragement of the use of National Guard troops to address widespread protests regarding the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police with the comment, “Yes and they should be shooting the looters.”Saturday afternoon, Brown’s account, which has since been deactivated, responded to a tweet from physician Eugene Gu by stating, in part, “People like you promote destruction. No wonder the black community never improves it’s lot. No responsibility. No consequences. At this point they deserve the result.”MORE: Gregg Popovich rips ‘deranged idiot’ Donald Trump, other politiciansAs protests in Los Angeles were being described on Twitter by filmmaker Josh Ethier, Brown’s account responded with a tweet that declared “Shoot the protestors.”And later Saturday, when one tweet said “DC is about to get overrun by Antifa,” Brown’s account stated, “Can’t wait. At last a reason to shoot them.”There were several other such tweets, including one using the phrase “sand thugs.”When the University of Southern California athletic department was made aware that Brown’s Twitter bio identified her as “LAPD Union attorney, public sector labor and employment attorney, USC alum … football booster,” the people in charge knew they could address one of those. Bohn said Monday her Trojan Athletic Fund privileges had been revoked and payments returned. Her account is flagged to prevent future purchases. Wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr., recently selected in the second round by the Indianapolis Colts, was in a photo with Brown taken following a Trojans game that was used as the profile photo for Brown’s Twitter account. He sent a tweet stating, “If you truly believe the things you have said, I politely ask you to take me out of your profile picture. This is disappointing, I know my true Trojan family would never. In times like this, it is important for us to stand together.”@SoCalMAB if you truly believe the things you have said, I politely ask you to take me out of your profile picture. This is disappointing, I know my true Trojan family would never. In times like this, it is important for us to stand together. https://t.co/CH5aVAwiTz— MPJ (@MikePitt_Jr) June 1, 2020Brown later replied to Pittman and apologized for her tweets, saying they were “made in a fit of anger at circumstances in general.””It was a stupid thing to say,” she wrote. “And wasn’t directed at anyone’s race. Just upset at all the destruction.” The Los Angeles Coliseum is a vast stadium, but there’ll be no room there for Marla Brown, a USC football booster, after the inflammatory tweets from her account Saturday during protests that affected Southern California as well as so many other cities in the U.S.Brown no longer will be welcome at Southern California Trojans football games, according to athletic director Mike Bohn. USC revoked her season ticket privileges after an investigation into what he termed “abhorrent and blatantly racist tweets.” Bohn’s message did not specifically identify Brown.last_img read more

Grassley disappointed House didn’t pass disaster relief before holiday break

first_imgNEW HARTFORD — Members of the U.S. House headed home for the holiday late last week before voting on a $19 billion disaster relief package.The measure did pass the Senate last Thursday and it included an amendment from Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. He says that provision would provide coverage for farmers who lost millions of dollars worth of grain in storage bins during the record flooding.  “Of course, that wasn’t covered by any disaster relief. Why, I don’t know. Maybe this was the first time anything like this happened,” Grassley says. “This should be particularly helpful in southwest Iowa where people have been impacted there as a result of the grain storage disaster.”The disaster bill has been the subject of debate for weeks, due to arguments over Puerto Rico’s recovery from 2017 hurricanes, in addition to the Trump administration initially demanding money for anti-immigration elements to be included. Grassley, a Republican, says he’s pleased with the final bill that passed the Senate.“The package also includes a provision to fund programs that will assist Iowans impacted by the flood,” Grassley says. The legislation includes funding for emergency watershed protection, rural community facilities, highways, and economic development, as well as more than three-billion dollars to the U.S.D.A. for expenses related to crop losses.“This package is a pretty good start in addressing our flooding needs here in the Midwest, but it was long overdue,” Grassley says. “Politics should never be put before Americans who need help to recover (from) the disasters.” Grassley says it’ll likely be early June before the disaster relief package gains full Congressional approval.“I’m disappointed that Speaker Pelosi sent the House of Representatives home before voting on this bill,” Grassley says. “It doesn’t seem right that people impacted by these disasters should have to wait now another week because politicians want to leave early for a Congressional recess.”The package contains $575 million for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to address emergency situations, and to rehabilitate and repair damage to Corps projects, like levees.last_img read more