New Delhi: Media should confine itself to trustworthy journalism and never use it as a device to develop its affect and enterprise pursuits, stated Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana on Tuesday. Ramana stated a media home with “different enterprise pursuits” turns into weak to exterior pressures and infrequently enterprise pursuits prevail over the spirit of unbiased journalism which compromises democracy.
Asserting that unbiased journalism is the “spine of democracy”, the CJI, a former journalist himself – additionally urged the stakeholders to introspect why the requirements right here usually are not thought of ok for worldwide recognition and laurel within the subject of journalism.
He was talking on the launch of Gulab Chand Kothari’s ebook titled ‘The Gita Vijnana Upanishad’. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla presided over the occasion. Final week, the CJI had raised related considerations and stated ‘agenda-driven debates’ and ‘kangaroo courts’ being run by media are detrimental to the well being of democracy.
These current remarks by Ramana assume significance following the backlash to a verdict earlier this month on former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s feedback on Prophet Mohammad, which the Supreme Court docket stated had stoked communal stress throughout the nation.
“When a media home has different enterprise pursuits, it turns into weak to exterior pressures. Usually, enterprise pursuits prevail over the spirit of unbiased journalism. In consequence, democracy will get compromised,” Ramana stated on Tuesday.
“Journalists are the eyes and the ears of the folks. It’s the accountability of media homes to current information. Particularly within the Indian social state of affairs, folks nonetheless imagine that no matter is printed is true. All I wish to say is that the media should confine itself to trustworthy journalism with out utilizing it as a device to develop its affect and enterprise pursuits,” he stated.
Whereas the nation’s senior-most choose acknowledged the presence of “journalists who’re equally enthused in at the moment’s media”, he remarked that when an excellent story filed by a journalist is killed on the desk, it’s totally demoralising.
He stated the “true nature” of a media home can be assessed and acceptable conclusions drawn from their conduct throughout testing occasions as he recollected that “solely media homes with out enterprise baggage, have been capable of combat for democracy through the darkish days of Emergency.”
CJI Ramana additionally stated there was no “systemic help” for journalists within the nation and neither was there an award which was akin to the Pulitzer or “many Pulitzer successful journalists.”