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“Press is the backbone of democracy," says Kerala High Court while granting anticipatory bail to news Anchor Sreekandan Nair [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 12 Aug 2020 9:12pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary “Press is the backbone of democracy," says Kerala High Court while granting anticipatory bail to news Anchor Sreekandan Nair [READ ORDER]

The High Court of Kerela, while considering the bail application filed by the journalist Sreekantan Nair, the Managing Director and Anchor of 24 News Channel, remarked that journalism is not for propagating hearsay news.

The case had its genesis in a debate show hosted by Sreekandan Nair. The debate discussed a patient with COVID-19-like symptoms who had supposedly visited the clinic where the doctor worked. The doctor said on the show that she had informed the District Health Services about the patient's condition. However, she concealed the fact that the patient did not test positive for the virus.

Based on the views expressed on the show the District Medical Officer filed a complaint against the TV anchor Sreekandan Nair and the doctor. The complaint charges the petitioners for spreading and publishing false information to create panic among the public about a supposed failure in public safety. Subsequently, a case was registered against them, accusing them of offenses punishable under section 505(1) (b) of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, and Section 120 (O) of the Kerala Police Act.

While both the doctor and the journalist, approached the High Court, seeking anticipatory bail, Counsel representing the State, opposed the bail plea contesting that the act by the eminent figures like there was an attempt to mislead the people by telecasting or publishing program that supplies false and wrong information regarding Covid-19 pandemic.

The bench headed by Justice PV Kunhikrishnan, while hearing the bail plea, quoted Mahatma Gandhi’s lines, “The true function of Journalism is to educate… Continue Reading...

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