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.