DON’T LET PEOPLE INSTIGATE LAW & ORDER ISSUES: SC GIVES 2 WEEKS TIME TO CENTRAL GOVT. & PCI TO RESPOND TO ON ACTION TAKEN BY THEM AGAINST MEDIA CHANNELS ON COMMUNALIZING NIZAMUDDIN MARKAZ ISSUE

The SC gave the Press Council of India (PCI) and the Central Government two weeks to respond on what steps have been taken by them to ensure that reportage of the Nizamuddin Markaz issue is not communalised.

While dealing with the petition filed by Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind on the issue, the Bench has asked the PCI and the Cente to include in their reply what action can be taken against erring media channels under Sections 19 and 20 of the Cable Television Networks Act, 1995.

The Court today cautioned the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the Centre, that such issues may later culminate in law and order issues.

The plea by Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind had claimed that the media has communalised the Nizamuddin Markaz event, where about 2,500 individuals congregated in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak.

The plea filed for the organisation by Advocate Ejaz Maqbool states that reports on the Tablighi Jamaat by certain sections of print and electronic media has “demonised the entire Muslim community.” The petitioner organisation contends that if there is any delay in ordering a directive to stop communal reporting regarding the Markaz issue, it would only “promote ill-will, enmity and hatred towards the Muslim community in India.”