Degree of discourse has by no means been such: SC on Arnab FIRs

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 26

Concerned over the declining standards of discourse on TV news channels, the Supreme Court on Monday called for responsible reporting even as it pointed out that some journalists needed more protection as they were targeted with greater intensity.

“You can be a little old-fashioned with reporting. Frankly speaking, I cannot stand it. This has never been the level of discourse…There has to be responsibility in reporting…Peace and harmony of the society is what matters to the court…there are some areas where everyone must tread with caution,” a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde told senior counsel Harish Salve who represented Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami.

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The Bench was hearing the Maharashtra Government’s appeal against the Bombay High Court’s order suspending probe into two FIRs against Goswami – one against his comments against Congress president Sonia Gandhi in connection with Palghar lynchings and the other for his alleged attempt to give a communal colour to a gathering of migrant workers at the Bandra railway station during Covid-19 lockdown. The HC had said “prima facie no case was made out against him”. “While nobody is above the law, some people are targeted with higher intensity,” the Bench noted.

Maharashtra Government told to submit list of cases

The top court has asked the Maharashtra Government to submit a list of cases filed against Arnab Goswami and posted the matter for further hearing after two weeks. Two FIRs were filed against Goswami — one in Nagpur and the other at Pydhonie

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