Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court emphasized the need for courts to grant supervisory authority to print and electronic media when necessary.
It highlighted that those handling media should exercise restraint in using inappropriate language while reporting, as demonstrated in a case involving journalists from vernacular newspapers and a media house.
These journalists had regretted their actions and provided an unconditional apology, explaining that their reports were unintentional. The case revolved around their use of offensive language spoken by an MLA during a legislative assembly session.
The court underscored that media should adhere to Press Council of India guidelines, asserting that using such language goes beyond those guidelines.
The court also noted that media and journalists play a vital role in democracy and should act responsibly in accordance with that role.