The media ought to confine itself to sincere journalism and never use it as a device to increase its affect and enterprise pursuits, Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana stated on Tuesday.
NV Ramana stated a media home with “other business interests” turns into weak to exterior pressures and infrequently enterprise pursuits prevail over the spirit of unbiased journalism compromising democracy.
Asserting that unbiased journalism is the “backbone of democracy”, the CJI – a former journalist – additionally urged stakeholders to introspect why requirements right here aren’t thought of adequate for worldwide recognition and laurels within the discipline of journalism .
He spoke on the launch of Gulab Chand Kothari’s guide titled ‘The Gita Vijnana Upanishad’. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla presided over the occasion. Last week, the CJI raised related considerations and stated “agenda-driven debates” and “kangaroo courts” run by the media are dangerous to the well being of democracy.
These latest remarks by CJI Ramana assume significance following the backlash over a verdict final month on former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s feedback on Prophet Mohammad, which the Supreme Court stated had fueled communal rigidity throughout nation.
“When a media house has other business interests, it becomes vulnerable to external pressures. Often, business interests prevail over the spirit of independent journalism. As a result, democracy is compromised,” stated by CJI Ramana on Tuesday.
“Journalists are the eyes and ears of the people. It is the responsibility of the media houses to present the facts. Especially in the social situation of India, people still believe that what is printed is true. I just want to say is that the media should confine itself to honest journalism without using it as a tool to expand its influence and business interests,” he stated.
While the nation’s prime choose acknowledged the existence of “journalists who are equally excited about the media today,” he stated that when an excellent story filed by a journalist is killed on the desk, it utterly undermines the ethical.
He stated the “true nature” of a media home shall be examined and acceptable conclusions shall be drawn from their habits throughout the trial as he gathered that “only media houses without business baggage, the managed to fight for democracy in the dark days of the Emergency”.
CJI Ramana additionally stated that there is no such thing as a “systemic support” for journalists within the nation and there’s no award corresponding to the Pulitzer or “many Pulitzer winning journalists”.
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