FORMER CJ EQUATES MEDIA WITH JUDICIARY!

INDEPENDENCE: FormerChief Justice Srikrishna has lamented the efforts by the Modi government to undermine the independence of the judiciary. The judiciary has refused to accept the proposal for his judiciary bill which proposes major changes in the selection of judges.

By PTI

Former Chief Justice BN Srikrishna has pointed out that media without freedom is like judges without power.

Two professions have to be necessarily independent, a judge and a journalist. If they falter, democracy suffers.”
Former Supreme Court judge Justice B.N. Srikrishna has called for preserving the independence of journalists to ensure smooth functioning of democracy in the country.
Justice Srikrishna was speaking Friday night after presenting the annual RedInk awards for excellence in journalism, instituted by the Mumbai Press Club.
“Two professions have to be necessarily independent, a judge and a journalist. If they falter, democracy suffers,” he said. “A journalist who loses his independence is as bad as a judge who has lost his independence,” he added.
“Remember, you are in a profession where honesty is really the best policy,” said the noted jurist, who headed the Srikrishna Commission that investigated causes and apportioned blame for the Mumbai riots of 1992 93.
Senior journalist T.J.S. George was presented the RedInk Award for lifetime achievement for his distinguished career as an editor and columnist. In the 1960s, George (94) was the editor of the Patna-headquartered newspaper The Searchlight known for its anti-establishment stand.
The Press Club’s ‘Journalist of the Year’ Award for 2021 was given to Om Gaur, National Editor of Dainik Bhaskar for leading a team of reporters and photographers that “tirelessly exposed the tragedy of Covid deaths” in UP’s towns and cities along the river Ganga.
In his acceptance speech, Gaur said he was receiving the award on behalf of his colleagues who made the coverage possible.
The awards, along with 24 other winners in 12 categories, were presented at NCPA auditorium in south Mumbai.

Courtesy: The Wire

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