Would be disastrous for any democracy to control the Press: SG

NEW DELHI, SEP 15 (IANS) | Publish Date: 9/15/2020 12:57:11 PM IST

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta Tuesday told the Supreme Court that the freedom of the journalist is supreme and it would be disastrous for any democracy to control the press.

Mehta made this argument during the hearing of a plea-- by a bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and KM Joseph -- against Sudarshan TV for its show ‘UPSC Jihad’, which focuses on how Muslims have “infiltrated” the Civil Service. During the hearing Justice Chandrachud queried Mehta, can this (citing TV show) be tolerated in a free society and perhaps whether self-regulation can be put forth?

Justice Chandrachud queried, is this truly an exercise of Article 19 (1) (a). Mehta replied perhaps the court may not have had the chance to look at the rabid things being put out through various mediums. “But the question is, can it be regulated,” queried Mehta, citing if something nasty has been written about him, could anything be done about it. 



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