Ensure no defamatory content is displayed, uploaded on social media: Delhi High Court to news channels

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Published: November 9,2020 01:59 PM
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November 9, 2020: The Delhi High Court on Monday ordered news channels to ensure that no defamatory content against Bollywood personalities are displayed on their channels.

November 9, 2020: The Delhi High Court on Monday ordered news channels including Republic TV and Times Now to ensure that no defamatory content against Bollywood personalities are displayed on their channels or uploaded on their social media handles.



The Court was hearing the suit filed by 38 Bollywood production houses against Republic TV and Times Now over sensationalised coverage of the Sushant Singh Rajput case, which saw the media channels make allegations of drug trafficking against various Bollywood personalities.



During the hearing, Justice Rajiv Shakdher recorded the assurances given by the media houses that they would abide by the Programme Code under the Cable Television Networks Rules.



As the hearing drew to a close, the plaintiffs urged the Court for a direction that the defendant-media houses be restrained from carrying out defamatory reporting in the interim.



Orally observing that it is not as if a person can say that they will not follow the law, the Court proceeded to add in its order that the media houses should ensure that there is no defamatory content on their platforms. The Court has issued notice in the matter and posted it for further hearing on December 14. (Bar&Bench)