Speaking at the ‘Red Ink Awards’ function organized by the Mumbai Press Club through digital medium, Chief Justice NV Ramana said about the tendency to mix ideological bias in news and said that opinion should be avoided in factual reports. Journalists are like judges. They should tell only facts and present a true picture without being influenced by anyone beyond their ideology and belief.
New Delhi: Supreme Court Chief Justice NV Ramana on Wednesday asked the media to have faith in the judiciary.
According to the report, Chief Justice Ramana said that the practice of ‘preaching judgments’ and ‘presenting judges as villains’ needs to be examined.
The Chief Justice, while addressing the ‘Red Ink Awards’ function organized by the Mumbai Press Club through digital medium, said that the duty of the media as a major stakeholder in democracy is to protect the judiciary from the attacks of evil forces.
The CJI said, ‘We mission is together in promoting democracy and national interest. We have to move forward together.
He cautioned journalists against the tendency to mix ideological biases in news, saying that interpretation and opinion should be avoided in factual reports.
He also criticized the news being given a kind of colour. He said nothing could be more lethal to a democracy than a cocktail of a deadly mix of confrontational politics and competitive journalism. Being influenced by an ideology is dangerous.
He said, ‘Journalists are like judges. You should work without being influenced by anyone beyond your ideology and belief. You should just state the facts and present a complete and true picture.
#CJIRamana: Nothing can be more lethal to democracy than the deadly combination of confrontational polity and competitive journalism. Tragically, they feed on each other. History is witness to this hard truth.#RedInkAwards2021
— Mumbai Press Club (@mumbaipressclub) December 29, 2021
CJI Ramana said that digital news media platforms and social media reporting have changed journalism.
He said that a healthy democracy can progress only with a fearless and free press, but mixing news with ideas is a dangerous cocktail. Digital media has ensured that people get more information easily.
However, he also took on digital media. He said, ‘Nowadays everything is around reporting. Reporting is happening round the clock. This also puts pressure on the journalist reporting. In this race for ratings, the important journalistic principle of verifying the report before its publication is not being followed. This encourages misreporting.
CJI Ramana said, “Unfortunately, social media platforms like YouTube, unlike print and electronic media, are almost impossible to bring to court even after they present objectionable and derogatory content as they have the potential to ruin careers and lives.”
Journalism is a noble profession
Congratulating all the Red Ink awardees, CJI Ramana said that true reporting is necessary to strengthen democracy.
There is no doubt that a healthy democracy can progress only with a fearless and free press. For this, there is a need to increase the number of journalists like you.
The CJI said that he understands the problems and struggles of media professionals.
He said, ‘To tell the truth to the power and show the mirror to the society is a very big responsibility, which is also very difficult to fulfill. There is a lot of pressure and stress on you.
He said, ‘It is often said that the legal profession is a noble profession. I can say that the work of journalists is also noble and it is an integral pillar of democracy. Like the legal profession, journalists also need to work in difficult conditions. Your conscience is your guide in this profession.
The CJI lauded Prem Shankar Jha, who has won the Red Ink Lifetime Achievement Award, saying that his reputation in terms of hard work, highest ethical standards and tremendous intelligence is unparalleled in the field.
CJI Ramana pays tribute to Reuters photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, who lost his life while working in Afghanistan, on being awarded the ‘Journalist of the Year’ award 2020 posthumously, saying, “He was a man of magical eyes and was considered one of the pioneers of this era”. Considered one of the photo journalists.
Paying tribute to all the journalists who lost their lives while working from the ground report during COVID-19, the Chief Justice said, ‘Their reporting was integral to highlighting the issues and paying great attention to the plight of our citizens. I thank them for their service.
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