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Sudarshan TV case: Centre tells Supreme Court to look into regulating digital media before electronic or TV media

The Ministry of Information Broadcasting has told the Supreme Court that if it wishes to undertake an exercise to regulate media, it should first do so on "digital media". Vijay Kaushik, an under-secretary in the ministry, in a counter affidavit filed in a case against Sudarshan TV, told the apex court that if it considered appropriate to regulate media, it had "no justification" to confine it only to "mainstream electronic media". The story was reported first by Bar and Bench. The Centre has clearly expressed in the open about its desire, if not attempt, to regulate digital media, which includes digitial print media, web-based news portals, YouTube portals and over-the-top (OTT) streaming services. Background: Earlier this week, the Supreme Court began hearing a plea against Sudarshan TV for airing the programme "Bindas Bol", hosted by the channel's editor-in-chief Suresh Chavhanke,…

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