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    Bombay HC slams media.

    The Bombay High Court has asked media houses to exercise restraint when reporting on suicide cases, saying "media trial leads to interference and obstruction to administration of justice" and amounts to contempt of court.

    A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni said the press must avoid discussions and debates relating to criminal investigations, and it should confine only to informative reportage that is in the public interest.
    The bench also held that prima facie some reportage by Republic TV and Times Now in the aftermath of the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput were "contemptuous".
    The bench said it had, however, decided against initiating any action against the two TV channels under the Contempt of Courts Act.
    Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court directed the TV and electronic media to adhere to the guidelines issued by the Press Council of India.

    Now the question is- Will we see a change in media attitude concerning reporting, debate and presentation?
    In past, we have seen the verdict of Supreme Court also in which it expressed its dissatisfaction to ways of media reporting. Article 19 gives freedom of expression but correspondingly it carries limitations and restrictions also but what is observed is that media is still uncontrolled and unrestrained in character assassination of selected people. Media is expected to show some dignity in its profession.
  • #721093
    The court is correct. It is not good to discuss the issues that are in the courts. Different people bring in different issues on the subject and sometimes they will bring their views also without any basis. This will give wrong ideas to the people who are involved in the case.
    Actually, the press or the media should just convert the news and what exactly comes out officially from the police or the court. That decorum should be maintained. Now I feel these news channels will understand the advice of the court and adhere to the Press Council of India.
    Because of these panel discussions and debates on the media only many unwanted and fake news is coming out and news channels want to use as a way to improve their TRP ratings. Now at least with this warning from the court, there will be an improvement in reporting, I feel.

    always confident

  • #721096
    The author has rightly said that media needs to keep their dignity. It is believed that the main job of the media is to make the public aware and aware of the happenings in the country, but this does not mean that the media misrepresents the personal matters of one's life so that the channel increases TRP and Increase their income. It is not easy for any family to forget an accident like suicide and in such a way, the wrong way of providing the statement by the media makes them sadder. I hope that the media, understanding the Supreme Court's point, and media should bring changes in their work style and keep themselves targeted towards their main objective.
    Swati Sharma

    Keep your Face to the SunShine

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