There Can't Be Media Trial in Every Case: Soli Sorabjee

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There Can't Be Media Trial in Every Case: Soli Sorabjee

Noting that freedom of press is not absolute, eminent jurist Soli Sorabjee today said there cannot be a media trial in every case.

Freedom of press is not absolute and it can be restricted, Sorabjee said adding there is a need to regulate the media in the country.

Speaking at a panel discussion on Self-Regulation of the Media organised by Indian Women Press Corps (IWPC), he said the media has to be regulated and there cannot be a media trial of everything.

"It has been seen that when a certain case is in court, the media starts a parallel trial, which is not good. Yes, the media has done a lot good in certain cases like Jessica Lal murder case but there can't be a media trial to everything. Let the court first decide on a matter, then the media can criticise," he said.

However, he said court can't frame guidelines as it is the job of the legislature. 

Rajdeep Sardesai, editor-in-chief of CNN-IBN, said media organisations haven't got their houses in order.

"We have to accept that we haven't got our houses in order. The media is growing but standards are coming down" he said.

Calling for a separate, strong and independent media regulatory authority, he said "the media is an uncontrollable beast. Self-regulation requires a high moral courage and it must co-exist with a strong regulation authority."

Senior journalist B G Verghese said the media should be controlled and de-linked form business.

"It is becoming the first estate of democracy and way ahead of the judiciary and the executive. Unless you put brakes on it, it can grow dangerous," he said.

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