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Parallel media trials prejudice environment: Jaitley

arun-jaitleyInformation and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley today said courts come under tremendous pressure in high profile cases. He asked media to introspect as parallel trials by them prejudice the environment.

Delivering the first Justice J S Verma Memorial lecture on Freedom and Responsibility of Media organised by the News Broadcasters Association in New Delhi, Jaitely said the privacy of individuals even in high profile cases is also a part of their lives and the relations between a husband and wife or their private conversations should be respected. He said there are certain areas which have absolutely no bearing to larger public interest only add some spice to the content.

Against the backdrop of the case relating to Sunanda Pushkar’s mysterious death and her husband Shashi Tharoor coming under intense media scrutiny, Jaitley said media should introspect on how to report areas where privacy of individuals is involved.

Referring to concerns voiced by security agencies about media coverage of terror-related operations, Jaitley indicated that the matter is under serious and very advanced consideration of the government. He said media must be extra careful where its own interests are involved and should educate on sensitive issues.

Mr Jaitley also said that advent of technology has made it difficult to impose censorship on media adding that the days of bans are over.

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