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Telecasting Dec 16 gangrape documentary would make media appear voice of perpetrator: I&B Ministry

The I&B ministry has argued that telecast of the excerpts of the interview appear to compromise the role of the media.

Written by Raghvendra Rao | New Delhi | Published: March 4, 2015 6:33 pm

december 16 gangrape, nirbhaya gangrapeThe advisory issued by the Information & Broadcasting ministry late Tuesday night asking all private satellite television channels “not to telecast” the documentary “India’s Daughter”–containing an interview with one of the convicted rapist of the December 16, 2012 gangrape victim—has, amongst other things, underlined that the telecast of these excerpts would appear to compromise the role of the media and would make it appear as a voice for the perpetrator.

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Stating that “a number of private TV channels have been showing certain excerpts of a programme titled “India’s Daughter”, proposed to be telecast by the BBC and the NDTV”, the I&B advisory has said that the “excerpts contain an interview with one of the convicted rapists of the Delhi gangrape victim of December, 2012” and that “these excerpts were telecast on various channels throughout the day with visuals of the convict, who was showing no remorse whatsoever for the heinous act”.

As one of the reasons behind the advisory, the I&B ministry has argued that “telecast of these excerpts appear to compromise the role of the media as the upholder of constitutional values as the fourth pillar of our democracy”. “The media is likely to be seen as a voice for the perpetrator of such crimes by providing him a medium to communicate his views on the matter repeatedly,” the advisory has said. “Further, his appeal being sub-judice, this is also liable to be construed as interference with the due process of law,” the advisory has stated.

Invoking provisions of Rule 6 (1) (d, e, f, i, k and o) of the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994, the I&B ministry has “advised” all private satellite channels “not to telecast the documentary” or “any excerpts from therein” or “any programmes based on these excerpts”. The ministry has also stated that “any violation of the Programme Code shall invite such action as provided for in the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and Rules framed thereunder as well as the terms and conditions stipulated in the uplinking/downlinking guidelines”.

The I&B advisory has gone on to state that the “excerpts also contained his chauvinistic and derogatory views regarding women in general and the victim in particular” and that “these programmes also provided a platform for the convict to use the media to further his own case, especially when his appeal against his conviction, is sub-judice”.

It adds that “telecast of these excerpts appear to encourage and incite violence against women, thus compromising women’s public safety” and that “they also provide encouragement to anti-social elements to indulge in violent acts compromising law and order”.

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  1. B
    Mar 4, 2015 at 9:11 pm
    Modi led led BJP Govt is destroying India's social fabric faster than Congress. Now Times of India reports that Indian Govt will act against the filmmaker ! The film probably will not be shown in India. BJP Govt and an influential section of Indian socio-political "elites" do not like to be exposed that way in front of the w world!
    1. H
      Mar 5, 2015 at 5:12 am
      I just watched this doentary on BBC4, there is nothing insulting about India. I strongly suggest everyone should watch this. This is really an eye opener.
      1. T
        Mar 4, 2015 at 9:56 pm
        There cannot be a bigger fool than I&B ministry. BBC is presenting the doentary if I&B Ministry feels that it is right what stops this Govt to p necessary laws to ensure death penalty cases are finished of quickly and the convicted be sent to gallows. in the absence of this crime will continue to happen because criminals feel emboldened knowing fully well that Justice Criminal system in India is in shambles. how many recall that one of the accused committed suicide , the remaing in this case should be similarly bumped off.
        1. J
          Mar 7, 2015 at 7:35 pm
          No grupo dos Brics a �nica democracia � mesmo o Brasil. O resto � o resto: ditaduras abertas (R�ssia & China) ou disfar�adas, como � o caso da India e da �frica do Sul.
          1. N
            Mar 5, 2015 at 1:05 am
            Should the film should be shown - YES cause it her right to .... Will it make people world wide to perceive that the entire nation is bad - also a YES,. So next time when a foreigner says to you - you Indians are rapist (like many say all Muslims are terrorists) don't be surprised cause thats how you will be looked at (have had a a personal experience of such rants). The question to ponder is what will be the consequences of showing this. Will showing this help resolving the situation then go for it... but if it gives rise to a w lot of other problems (not for government but also for us citizens) then it should be given a thought about... I think it will be Indians living/working outside India who will be more adversely affected by this than the criminals who do such henious crimes... It is a internal problem of our society and needs be dealt by us (citizens and govt.) not international media... - just my opinion
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