The Bombay High Court on Friday orally remarked that media now has become highly polarized and that journalists were more responsible and neutral in the past.
The bench made these remarks while hearing the lawyer of Zee News in a batch of Public Interest Litigations (PILs) seeking regulations on “media trial” while reporting the investigation in the Sushant Singh Rajput (SSR) case.
On the previous day of the hearing, the Court had expressed concerns at the practice of “trial by media” during the pendency of investigation.
The bench also asked the lawyer of Republic TV if asking the public who should be arrested in a case is part of investigative journalism.
This was in reference to the hashtag campaign ‘#ArrestRhea’ run by the channel in Twitter following the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
The bench had also expressed its disapproval at the manner in which Sushant’s death was reported.