Social media need to be regulated :Justice Katju

New Delhi: Press Council of India
Chairperson Justice Markandey Katju Wednesday called for regulating
social media, saying it would prevent unpleasant material from making it
into the public domain.


“Social media like Facebook and Google
need to be regulated as a lot of dirty and filthy material is available
on these sites and these affect the minds of the younger generation,”
Katju said during an interaction with women journalists at the Indian
Women Press Corps.


Katju also supported some kind of regulation for media especially electronic media.

“Everybody
should have self-regulation. I was scared when I was the High Court
judge that if I took a bribe I would be impeached by Parliament.
Lawyers’ license can be cancelled by the Bar Council of India and
similarly doctors’ licence can be cancelled by the Medical Council of
India for any medical negligence. So everybody is accountable except the
media, especially the electronic media. They say we will have
self-regulation. Then everybody should have self-regulation, why should
there be laws? The very fact that you have laws is that society realises
that self-regulation is not all that sufficient. There should be some
fear among media,” he said.


According to Katju, Indian media has been playing a very irresponsible role.

“I
am not against the media and fight for their rights as nobody else
would have. I am not calling for controlling media but regulating them.
May be a separate committee should be constituted and the media
fraternity should be a part of framing its guidelines,” he said.

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