The Delhi High Court has made it clear that it expects fair reporting and neutrality from the media and has asked some news channels to ensure that no slanderous material is broadcast against Bollywood and members of the film fraternity. Four major Bollywood industry associations and 34 producers filed a lawsuit in Delhi High Court against Republic TV, Arnab Goswami, Time now, Pradeep Bhandari, Rahul Shivshankar and Navika Kumar.
In a firm statement, the court said people “were very afraid of the Fourth Estate” and asked news stations to file written statements in response to the aforementioned complaint.
“We used to find Doordarshan very old. I wish Doordarshan come back. They had lovely diffusers then, ”Judge Rajiv Shakdher said at the hearing and also criticized Republic TV and Time now for posting “irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory comments” against members of the Hindi film industry.
“It’s disheartening and demoralizing… I mean it demoralizes everyone. Today it does not hurt us (justice)… suppose it is your fellowship tomorrow. Surely you can investigate, but it has to be fair reporting, ”the court told the Times Now lawyer.
“These are surely people who are public figures so that element of privacy gets diluted to some extent … but see what happened when the media chased someone like (Princess) Diana . You can’t go on like this. The courts are the last to want to intervene…. but what is going on here … is that you don’t want to follow the code? He also observed.
This follows the high-profile Sushant Singh Rajput affair which dominated prime-time news broadcasts. Innuendo, rumors and grossly inappropriate statements were unleashed.
“The entertainment industry in our country which provides direct jobs every day at 5 lakh and indirect jobs for 5 million people. At a time when the financial situation is in a depressing state, and employment is at its worst, in order to distract the public’s attention, we are used to being whipped by social media and unsupported government ” , Rajya Sabha MP and actor Jaya Bachchan delivered a speech in Parliament criticizing the defamation of Bollywood celebrities earlier.
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