BEA Demands Lifting of Ban on Nirbhaya Video

The Broadcast Editors\' Association said restrictions on freedom of expression should only be as per norms specified in the Constitution.

Published: 07th March 2015 10:25 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th March 2015 10:26 PM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: The Broadcast Editors' Association (BEA), a body comprising of senior journalists from several leading TV news channels, said the government should allow airing of the controversial BBC documentary on the December 2012 gang-rape incident.

BEA's general secretary N K Singh said restrictions on freedom of expression should only be as per norms specified in the Constitution.

"BEA feels that no freedom of expression should be curbed, unless it falls under the restrictions mentioned in Article 19 (2) of the Constitution which says that there can be reasonable restrictions," Singh said.

He, however, added that the identity of the victim should not be disclosed, as such a thing is not allowed as per the law in India.

Singh said documentaries made on sensitive subjects can help in exposing attitudes which are present in the society.

Referring to film 'The Invisible War' made about incidences of rape and sexual assault in the US army, Singh said that it was not banned and helped create much awareness.

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