CJI: People Still Believe What Newspapers Print Is True | India News
NEW DELHI: Three days after advising electronic, digital and social media to self-regulate or face external regulation, CJI NV Ramana said on Tuesday that independent journalism is essential for a vibrant democracy because people have a great confidence in what is printed in the newspapers.
Speaking at the release of a book on Gita in the presence of Lok Sabha President Om Birla, Justice Ramana said: “Independent journalism is the backbone of democracy. Newspapers are the eyes and ears of the people. It is the responsibility of the media to present the facts. Especially in the Indian social scenario, people still believe that everything printed is true. All I’m saying is that the media should limit themselves to honest journalism and not use it as a tool to expand their influence and commercial interests.
He said when a media house has other business interests, it becomes vulnerable to outside pressure. “Often commercial interests trump the spirit of independent journalism. As a result, democracy is compromised,” he said.
By contrast, on Saturday in Ranchi, the CJI had uncharacteristically warned broadcast media to refrain from holding unsavory trials and campaigns against judges and airing agenda-driven debates, and said both were harmful. to the health of democracy in India. He had said that justice was becoming difficult with each passing day. Media campaigns, especially in social media against judges, have become a major obstacle, he said, adding that unless the media self-regulates its conduct and continues to transgress boundaries, the judiciary might be forced to draw lines for them.