Now a drama is unfolding in which Mr. C.N. Sharma
, Proprietor and Managing Director of CNS TV Channel 6
, is being asked by the Office of the President, which seems to be selectively exercising the functions that should normally reside in an autonomous National Broadcasting Authority, to give reasons why his
license should not be cancelled or suspended, for a programme the station aired, on 21st February 2008.
The PNCR readily understands that, given the live nature of the programme, "Voice of the People", there may be instances of the inadvertent use of intemperate language, but this is to be expected in any society that encourages freedom of expression.
When there are such occurrences, these can be dealt with by sensible programme management precautions to ensure conformity with acceptable broadcasting standards.
The Party does not condone the use of strong arm tactics, which seem motivated by self-serving partisan political considerations that appear to be the chosen method of the Government.
The PNCR, therefore, views with concern the request by the Head of the presidential Secretariat for a meeting with Mr. Sharma
on this issue.
The Party anxiously awaits the results of this encounter.
The PNCR is constrained to raise the question as to why Mr. Sharma
should be summoned by the Office of the President, after he
had been warned by the monitoring authority, the Advisory Committee on Broadcasting
(ACB), which, from all reports, appeared to be satisfied with the recognition, by C.N. Sharma
, that unfortunate use of intemperate language might have occurred on his
programme, which was aired on the 21st February 2008.
The ominous intervention of the Office of the President, in this matter, suggests that further action is contemplated against Mr. C.N. Sharma
The PNCR hopes that good sense will prevail and that CNS TV Channel 6
will not, once again, be subjected to the kind of harassment and punishment that he
has suffered at the hands of the Jagdeo PPP/C