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Content Regulation and Monitoring for CR in India

Community Radio programme and content monitoring guideline provided by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

i) The programmes should be of immediate relevance to the community. The emphasis should be on developmental, agricultural, health, educational, environmental, social welfare, community development and cultural programmes. The programming should reflect the special interests and needs of the local community.

ii) At least 50% of content shall be generated with the participation of the local community, for which the station has been set up.

iii) Programmes should preferably be in the local language and dialect(s).

iv) The Permission Holder shall have to adhere to the provisions of the Programme and Advertising Code as prescribed for All India Radio.

v) The Permission Holder shall preserve all programmes broadcast by the CRS for three months from the date of broadcast.

vi) The Permission Holder shall not broadcast any programmes, which relate to news and current affairs and are otherwise political in nature.

vii) The Permission Holder shall ensure that nothing is included in the programmes broadcast which:
a. Offends against good taste or decency
b. Contains criticism of friendly countries
c. Contains attack on religions or communities or visuals or words contemptuous of religious groups or which either promote or result in promoting communal discontent or disharmony
d. Contains anything obscene, defamatory, deliberate, false and suggestive innuendoes and half truths;
e. Is likely to encourage or incite violence or contains anything against maintenance of law and order or which promote-anti-national attitudes
f. Contains anything amounting to contempt of court or anything affecting the integrity of the Nation
g. Contains aspersions against the dignity of the President/Vice President and the Judiciary
h. Criticises, maligns or slanders any individual in person or certain groups, segments of social, public and moral life of the country
i. Encourages superstition or blind belief
j. Denigrates women
k. Denigrates children
l. May present/depict/suggest as desirable the use of drugs including alcohol, narcotics and tobacco or may stereotype, incite, vilify or perpetuate hatred against or attempt to demean any person or group on the basis of ethnicity, nationality, race, gender, sexual preference, religion, age or physical or mental disability.

viii) The Permission Holder shall ensure that due care is taken with respect to religious programmes with a view to avoid:

a) Exploitation of religious susceptibilities and
b) Committing offence to the religious views and beliefs of those belonging to a particular religion or religious denomination.