25 November, 2020

“I’m Not For Monitoring What Is Shown On TV”

To regulate or not to regulate—that’s the dilemma before union information & broadcasting minister

Tribhuvan Tiwari
“I’m Not For Monitoring What Is Shown On TV”

To regulate or not to regulate—that’s the dilemma before Union information & broadcasting minister Ambika Soni. While court judgements have advised the ministry to keep away from regulating the media and leave it to an independent panel, fellow parliamentarians have been pushing for a strong content code to rein in news and entertainment channels. The minister, who finds herself trapped in the middle, says she is going to consult an astrologer to find out if her astrological chart is jinxed! On a serious note, she shares her concerns and plans in an interview with Anuradha Raman. Excerpts:

You’re hardly in an enviable position right now...the courts asking your ministry to refrain from regulating sting operations, fellow MPs asking for regulation of content on TV. How are you going to balance the two?

I am answerable to Parliament. The government is answerable to Parliament. At the moment, there are competing priorities, with civil society, large sections of the population and parliamentarians...



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