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News channels must weigh up national security and public interest: NBSA

The News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) has advised India's television news broadcasters to report responsibility on matters related to national security, amid the current revelations rocking the country's defence establishment.

The NBSA, a self-regulatory body, has written to all its member channels according to the PTI, stating: "It must be appreciated that most defence related matters are highly sensitive since they impinge upon national security and relations with foreign states.

"In view of such sensitivity, while reporting matters relating to the defence establishment care must be taken by the member broadcasters not to air sensitive communications or any information relating to the armed forces, their officers, the administration and ancillary matters," the letter reads.

News channels should refrain from encouraging secessionist groups, or reveal information that endangers lives and national security, while following the broadcasters' code of ethics, said the NBSA.

However, the NBSA outlined: "It is in the public interest to broadcast instances of breach of national security and loopholes in national security and reporting these cannot be confused with endangering national security."

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