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Need ‘surgical strike’ against media ban in courts -Dr. Sebastian Paul

Media thinker and columnist Dr.Sebastian Paul has called upon journalist fraternity to retaliate the judiciary which imposed a ‘ban’ on media in courts.
“Journalists should ready for a ‘surgical strike’ against the criminal lawyers who have harassed media professionals in courts.
Dr.Paul was inaugurating a seminar at Calicut Press Club,organized by the district KUWJ as part of the union’s state meet.
He said media can retaliate by ignoring the news and photos of judges,and lawyers.Usually,people will ask why?
“Journalists will lose nothing if court reporting is banned.Their job is not lost,their salary is not unpaid.
Their newspapers are not unsold.”
By imposing a ‘ban’, the public will lose their right to information.
Being part of the public community,journalists also lose their rights. Nothing more.”
“However,, if courts are guided by such criminal lawyers what will be the state of judiciary?
In this media-judiciary clash, the ultimate losers are people. Not the lawyers or journalist as we are hearing.
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It is unfortunate that people speaking for freedom are undesirable ones and those who support immoral practices are protected.
Courts are functioning secretly.No public accountability is possible in such condition.
‘It is a judicial emergency.’
During the days of emergency it was not difficult to gather news and information.But the publishing of news was the issue since the censors decided on it.
Here, the primary function of news collection is denied at the source point itself-he said while discussing the lawyer-media clash in the Kerala high court.
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Some advocates behaved just like goondas against few court reporters in Kerala.
Participating in the seminar,BJP leader Ad.P.S.Sreedharan Pillai said both the media and judiciary should go hand in hand.
A mutual consensus is necessary to protect the freedom of information.
The untoward incident in Kerala courts is a reflection of changing society.
Kerala is rapidly being guided by feelings rather than sensibility.-he said.
Senior journalist N.P.Rajendran said it is not a media-judiciary confrontation.
It is the prohibition of right to information and news.It is the denial of citizen rights.
How did such a rivalry originate? he pointed out .
KUWJ state president P.Abdul Gafoor said somebody wanted to suppress all court news.
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However,no pens are closed here;no camera sleeps here.
“We will go ahead with our mission to reveal truths.”-he said.
Press Club president Kamal Varadoor presided over the function.
Club secretary N. Rajesh welcomed the gathering and treasurer Vipul Nath expressed vote of thanks.

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