According to the ministry, the advisory mentioned 12 occasions in which news reports aired violated the Programme Code, including the accident of batsman Rishabh Pant.
The Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, was violated numerous times during the past few months, including the news broadcast concerning Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant, who was recently hurt in a car accident, according to a harsh warning the ministry of information and broadcasting gave to TV networks on Monday.
According to the ministry, television stations have reported reports of accidents, deaths, and violence “which grossly compromised on ‘good taste and decency'” and were” quite unpalatable to the eyes and ears of a common viewer.”
The guideline reminded broadcasters of a “certain feeling of responsibility and discipline,” saying that presenting violent situations “without the precaution of blurring the images or displaying them from long views” is disgusting, heart-wrenching, distressful, indignifying, and sensational.
“Such reporting has a negative psychological influence on youngsters. There is also the critical problem of invasion of privacy, which may be maligning and libelous.”
The ministry also chastised the channels for obtaining video clips from social media without “modulating, attuning, or editing such footage to make it compatible and keeping with the spirit of the Programme Code.”
“Such telecast by the television channels is a matter of grave concern and given the larger public interest involved and having regard to the nature of audience of television channels including elderly, women and children, all private television channels are strongly advised to attune their systems and practices of reporting incidents of crime, accidents, and violence, including death in conformity with the Programme Code,” the advisory said.
The advisory mentioned 12 incidents on which news report telecast, according to the ministry, infringed the Programme Code, including the accident of Pant.