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The I&B ministry's downlinking guidelines will bring all channel content, including news, under its purview

Noose Value
T. Narayan
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In a move likely to be controversial and seen as censorship through the backdoor, the Union information and broadcasting ministry, under its proposed Downlinking Guidelines, aims to regulate the content, including news, of channels being beamed into the country from abroad—like Star TV's bouquet of channels, BBC, CNN, Sony and HBO. In its note to the cabinet—currently being examined by the Group of Ministers (GOM)—the I&B ministry spells out its reasons for monitoring content in the absence of a regulatory body.

Arguing that there was no comprehensive law for effective regulation of broadcasting, the I&B ministry has proposed the Downlinking Guidelines to provide for better regulation of satellite TV channels beaming their programmes into India, and address concerns over content. This, the ministry observes in its note, "will provide a mechanism to check the antecedents and to verify the legitimacy of the owners/distributors of the channels downlinked in India to enable to determine the suitability of the programme being seen by the Indian public." In its note to the...
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