Ground Report | New Delhi: Investigative journalism in India; Chief Justice NV Ramana said on the sidelines of the release of a book that it is unfortunate that investigative journalism is coming to an end in India.
Investigative journalism in India
“Earlier we saw that news of scams and wrongdoings in the newspapers created a ruckus and had dire consequences. But, except for one or two, I don’t remember any such story that has come to the fore in recent years. Everything around us feels good. I leave it to you what conclusion you draw from this.
“Search journalism is dying from the media. At least in the context of India, it is true. When we were growing up, we were eagerly waiting for the newspapers to expose the big scams and the newspapers never let us down. “
“This is where the media needs to play its role. The collective failures of individuals and institutions playing the role of mentor need to be exposed by the media,” he said.
There is a need to make people aware of the shortcomings in this process, a work that only the media can do, he said. The CJI, whose first job was that of a journalist, shared his views on the current media and said that “the concept of search journalism is, unfortunately, disappearing from the canvas of the media”.
“This is true at least in the Indian context. When we were growing up, we used to eagerly wait for newspapers highlighting big scams. Newspapers never let us down. In the past, we had scams and malpractices. But have seen reports of newspapers creating waves. There will be dire consequences. Barring one or two, I don’t remember any story of such magnitude in recent years. Everything in our garden appears to be pink,” he said.
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Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, the CJI asked the media to introspect and test themselves against his words that “newspapers should be read for the study of facts. They should not be allowed to kill the habit of free thinking”. needed.”
He suggested that the local people, if involved in the efforts to conserve red sandalwood, would make a big difference.
“Tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries have benefited from involving forest dwellers as forest guards. With this approach, potential predators of wildlife were turned into wildlife protectors as they found a reliable livelihood.”
“The concept of investigative journalism is unfortunately disappearing from the canvas of the media. This is true, at least in the Indian context. When we were growing up, we used to wait eagerly for the newspapers which exposed the big scams. Newspapers never let us down,” the CJI said.
“In the past, we have seen newspaper reports creating waves of scams and misconduct, with dire consequences. Except for one or two, I do not remember any story of such magnitude in recent years. I leave it to you to arrive at your own conclusions,” Chief Justice Ramana said.