Friday, July 1, 2022

CJI, Who Started His Work With Journalism, Said – ‘Investigative Journalism’ Is Disappearing From The Media Scene

New Delhi-Chief Justice (CJI) NV Ramana on Wednesday said that unfortunately the concept of investigative journalism is disappearing from the media scene, at least in the Indian context. “Everything looks great in our garden,” the Chief Justice said at the launch of the book ‘Blood Sanders: The Great Forest Heist’ authored by journalist Udumula Sudhakar […]

New Delhi-Chief Justice (CJI) NV Ramana on Wednesday said that unfortunately the concept of investigative journalism is disappearing from the media scene, at least in the Indian context. “Everything looks great in our garden,” the Chief Justice said at the launch of the book ‘Blood Sanders: The Great Forest Heist’ authored by journalist Udumula Sudhakar Reddy.

The CJI highlighted the role of media in the conservation of red sandalwood or blood sandalwood. Red sandalwood is known to prevent the spread of fire in the forests of Seshachalam hills and is under threat of extinction. He said that the consequences of ecological …

Chief Justice (CJI) NV Ramana on Wednesday said that unfortunately the concept of investigative journalism is disappearing from the media scene, at least in the Indian context. “Everything looks great in our garden,” the Chief Justice said at the launch of the book ‘Blood Sanders: The Great Forest Heist’ authored by journalist Udumula Sudhakar Reddy.

The CJI highlighted the role of media in the conservation of red sandalwood or blood sandalwood. Red sandalwood is known to prevent the spread of fire in the forests of Seshachalam hills and is under threat of extinction. He said that the consequences of ecological destruction by cutting red sandalwood can be seen all over the world and tackling these issues at the local level is the need of the hour.

The CJI observed that there was a lack of necessary will to implement the laws already in place for the protection of red sandalwood. He said, ‘In such a situation, the media needs to play its role. The collective failures of individuals and institutions playing the role of protectors need to be exposed by the media. Justice Ramana said there is a need to make people aware of the shortcomings in the process and this is a work that only the media can do.

Referring to investigative journalism, the Chief Justice, who took his first job as a journalist, said, “When we were growing up, we used to eagerly wait for newspapers to uncover big scams. Newspapers never let us down. In the past, we have seen newspaper reports about scams and misconduct that had dire consequences. Barring one or two, I do not remember any news of such importance in recent years.’ Quoting Mahatma Gandhi in this context, he also asked the media to introspect.

 

 

 


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