Advocates move HC on 'one-sided' reporting by media

Advocates move HC on 'one-sided' reporting by media

The High Court on Thursday ordered notice to the Centre, Information and Broadcasting Ministry, the State government, print and electronic media, following two PILs seeking directions to the media to telecast the visuals of the attack on lawyers during the violence in the City Civil Court complex on March 2.

The petitioners, Advocates Association of Bangalore, sought a direction to the print and electronic media to publish or telecast the clippings and videos showing the assault on lawyers.

They contended that the act of the electronic media in showing “one-sided version” of the incident and its “failure” to broadcast the footage which shows the alleged assault on the advocates was against “professional ethics and conduct”.

A similar PIL filed by advocate Prasad Hiremath also sought a similar direction and blamed two regional channels for "wrong and false reporting" of three police constables having died during the violence, which was later openly refuted by City Police Commissioner Jyothiprakash Mirji in one of the local channels.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice B V Nagarathna ordered issue of notices to the respondents in the two PILs and adjourned the matter to March 14.

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