India’s Chief Justice NV Ramana blasted social media and electronic media on Saturday, saying they were undermining democracy.
He said the following:
- Judges are the target of coordinated campaigns on social media.
- Judges may not respond right away. Please do not confuse it for lack of strength or power.
- criticizes media trials and electronic and social media attacks
- The amplification power of new media technologies is excellent. Still, they don’t seem to tell the difference between right and wrong, big and terrible, and genuine and phony.
- Case decisions cannot be made based on media trials.
- We see the media operating kangaroo courts, sometimes on matters that even seasoned judges find hard to rule.
- Debates on justice delivery concerns that are ill-informed and motivated by personal agendas are proven to be harmful to the health of democracy.
- Media bias harms society undermines democracy, and is terrible for the system.
- The delivery of justice is negatively impacted in this process.
- You are regressing our democracy by overstepping your bounds and abusing your authority.
- There is still some responsibility for print media.
- Electronic media, however, has no responsibility since what they broadcast disappears into thin air.
- Social media is much worse.
- CJI calls for media self-regulation
- The media should self-regulate and weigh their remarks as much as possible.
- I demand that users of electronic and social media act appropriately.
- Instead, electronic media should utilize their platform to inform the public and reenergize the country.