Updated: December 16, 2021 4:14:56 am
The concept of investigative journalism is “unfortunately vanishing from the media canvas”, Chief Justice of India N V Ramana said on Wednesday.
“In the past, we have witnessed newspaper reports on scandals and misconduct creating waves, leading to serious consequences. (But) barring one or two, I don’t recall any story of such magnitude in recent years. Everything in our garden appears to be rosy. I leave it to you to arrive at your own conclusions,” the CJI said, speaking at the launch of the book “Blood Sanders : The Great Forest Heist”, written by journalist Sudhakar Reddy Udumula.
Recalling his association with the author, the CJI said Reddy’s family came from a village close to his own native place in Andhra Pradesh. “I am reminded of my village, good old days and great friends. I have been longing to visit my village. (I) hope to do so very soon,” he said in Telugu.
“As a person whose first job was that of a journalist, I am taking the liberty to share a few thoughts on present-day media,” CJI Ramana said. “The concept of investigative journalism is unfortunately vanishing from the media canvas – it is true at least in the Indian context. When we were growing up, we eagerly looked forward to newspapers exposing big scandals; the newspapers (then) never disappointed us.”
The CJI had begun his professional career as a journalist with ‘Eenadu’ newspaper.
Speaking on the subject of the book, the CJI said red sandalwood trees are facing the threat of extinction. “Like all good things in this world, Red Sanders also fell prey to the greed of man.”
“According to an estimate presented by the author, in the last two decades, nearly 60 lakh Red Sanders trees were cut,” he said. “Smuggling from the forest area spread over 5,30,097 hectares resulted in the arrest of over 2,000 persons from the neighbouring state alone. Many have lost lives. Lawbreakers as well as enforcers of the law suffered fatalities.”
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