SC stays telecast ban on MediaOne channel

  • Charvi

Date: 16 March 2022

On Tuesday, i.e, 15 March 2022, Supreme Court of India stayed the Central government’s decision to revoke the security clearance of Kerala-based news and current affairs TV channel MediaOne “on the basis of intelligence inputs which are sensitive and secretive in nature”.  

The Bench, comprised of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud, Surya Kant and Vikram Nath. Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, heading the Bench, said the Centre’s decision had effectively shut down the business of media house Madhyamam Broadcasting Limited, which runs MediaOne, in the name of “national security and public order” without fully disclosing the specific reasons for revoking its security clearance., said the company was entitled to know the “particulars” of the ban.  

Advocates on behalf of the company said if the court allowed this to happen “no media or publication is safe. Everybody can be shut down anytime”.  

After perusing the contents of the government files based on which the company’s security clearance was not renewed in an order on January 31, 2022, the court said: “At the present stage, we’re of the view that a case for interim relief has been made out in behalf of the petitioners [media house].” The Bench directed that the channel would continue operations as before January 31. “We accordingly direct that, pending further orders, the order of the Union government of January 31, 2022 revoking security clearance to Madhyamam Broadcasting Limited shall remain stayed,” the court directed. The court asked the Centre to file its counter affidavit before March 26.

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