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News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA)

09 January 2014

Nalsar Hyderabad girl students stand vindicated after the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) fined Sakshi TV Rs 1 lakh for broadcasting a “flawed, one-sided and misleading story” on them when they filmed them outside a local pub in April, reported Gulte.

The students had slammed it as voyeuristic reporting after they were filmed without their consent by the news channel, owned by Congress politician YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, and the footage was edited into allegedly defamatory broadcasts.

The channel had aired the broadcasts with comment on the girls’ attire and alleged inebriation, saying it was culturally demeaning.

The decision was one of several decisions by the NBSA against TV channels, according to MediaMughals.

28 May 2013

Deplorable score: The Hindu’s V Venkatesan attacks former SC judge Cyriac Joseph’s suitability for the National Human Rights Commission based on the number of judgments authored by him being “deplorably and consistently below average”. He writes: “In the history of the Supreme Court, some judges are celebrated merely because of their salient contributions to the interpretation of the law and the Constitution, and not because they wrote more judgments than their colleagues. Yet, the number of judgments written by a judge cannot be dismissed as being irrelevant […]”

NUJS bribe hackers: NUJS Kolkata students Monalisa Saha and Sreerupa Chowdhury won a $30,000 grant from the World Justice Project for their website Bribe Hackers which encourages victims of the offence of bribery to report their complaint online so that the Bribe Hacker team can investigate it and publicise those found guilty of the offence on their site [DNA India]

Simple living, high disposal: Madras High Court justice Chandru settles more than 96,000 cases in less than seven years. The Milli Gazette lauds him for declining to have a farewell in his honour on retirement, and personally bidding a goodbye to companion judges, court staff and others by going around he court premises on his last day

Raveendran for NBSA: Former SC justice RV Raveendran succeeds late justice JS Verma in becoming the chairman of the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA), the self regulatory initiative of the News Broadcasters Association (NBA). Raveendran retired from the SC on 14 October 2011 [Indian Television]

Comic relief: Network 18 owned TV channel Comedy Central has been prohibited from broadcasting for 10 days starting Saturday, after an inter-ministerial committee (IMC) set up by the information and broadcasting ministry found that several of its shows carried "obscene dialogues and vulgar words," which appeared to "offend good taste." [India Today]

FDI in AI: Delhi lawyer Ankit Jain has complained to the Competition Commission against the government allowing FDI in aviation but not in Indian Airlines. “The government is pumping in thousands of crores into AI to keep it alive and yet denying it even an outside chance of getting funding, management expertise of a foreign airline that may help it turn around,” said Jain [TOI]

Unpromoted women lawyers: Former Clifford Chance lawyer Stephanie Haladner said: “said: "There is an unconscious bias that is stopping women from getting promoted in law firms. […]One other issue for women that constantly comes up is that women tend not to be as good at promoting themselves within an organisation.” [Telegraph]