Hate speech: SC says visual media has deadly effect

One-liner: The SC on Wednesday said it made reference to TV news channels while hearing pleas related to hate speech because visual media has got a devastating effect and nobody cares what is written in newspapers.

Refuses to implead: A bench refused to implead the Press Council of India and the National Association of Broadcasters as parties to a batch of petitions related to hate speech and rumour-mongering.

Nobody reads newspapers:  "We made reference to TV news channels because the hate speech is through the visual medium. If somebody writes something in newspapers, nobody reads it nowadays. Nobody has time to read newspapers," it said.

Why the remarks: The remarks came after advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, one of the petitioners in the matter, sought to implead the Press Council of India and the National Association of Broadcasters as parties to the case.

Regulatory mechanism needed: The apex court stressed the need for a regulatory mechanism to curb hate speech.

Senior advocate to collate responses: It appointed senior advocate Sanjay Hegde as amicus curiae (friend of the court) and asked him to collate the responses of the states on the batch of petitions.

Hearing on Nov 23: The top court has listed the cases for hearing on Nov 23.

Source: PTI

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