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Why can’t the government do restrictive action on news channels: Court

A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde of the Supreme Court on Thursday made significant remarks in the law and order case. In Delhi, during the farmers’ hunger strike on 26 January, the government ordered the closure of the internet in some areas. The bench said, “It is necessary to stop the inflammatory information.” Why can’t the government take restrictive action like shutting down the internet on news channels?


The court made this remark during the hearing of the case related to Tablighi Jamaat. CJI Bobde told Centre advocate Tusshar Mehta  ‘Some channels have incessantly inflammatory content, but the government does nothing. Control over such channels is as important as other restrictive steps you take to maintain law and order. I do not mean any aggressive action, but you do not do anything in such cases. He further said, ‘Nobody has any problem with clean and truthful news, but the problem is when inflammatory news is given. Impressed by this, he attacks another community. Stopping them is as important as giving sticks in the hands of policemen.

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