17 January, 2021

Pressed For Justice

Thoughts about media norms

Pressed For Justice
THE Press Council, of which the author of this slender volume, Justice P.B. Sawant, is the chairman, is a relatively fledgling institution, established about 30 years ago. It was nearly snuffed out soon after its birth when it was embroiled in the case arising out of the removal of B.G. Verghese as editor of The Hindustan Times in 1975. The then Indira Gandhi government let it lapse after its term expired. Still, the revived council did not receive the public attention it has been enjoying in recent years under Justice Saw-ant's stewardship. The reason: he and his team have been steadfastly going about their task of safeguarding the freedom of the press against diverse threats and homing in on the central purpose of toning up professional standards.

Justice Sawant's speeches collected in this publication bear testimony not only to his professional approach to judging the role of the media, essentially newspapers and periodicals, but also to his ingrained commitment to freedom of expression. In the Larry King Show on CNN recently, there was a...



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