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‘Typical yellow journalism’: SC declines to grant relief to journalist

“It (order) is very liberal. It’s only one month...He deserves more,” said Chief Justice NV Ramana, heading a three-judge bench, adding “this kind of journalism, we do not agree...We need to protect lawyers too.”

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: December 18, 2021 8:53:50 am
Supreme Court of India (Express)

The Supreme Court on Friday declined relief to a journalist convicted and sentenced for publishing defamatory material against a lawyer, saying it was a case of “typical yellow journalism”.

“It (the order) is very liberal. It’s only one month…he deserves more”, Chief Justice of India N V Ramana, heading a three-judge bench also comprising Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli, said. “This kind of journalism, we do not agree…We need to protect lawyers too,” the CJI added.

The bench was hearing an appeal challenging the Karnataka High Court’s decision to uphold the conviction of the appellant, who is the editor, printer and publisher of Kannada weekly newspaper ‘Tunga Varthe’.

The High Court had, however, reduced the journalist’s sentence to one month simple imprisonment and a fine of Rs 50,000.

“You use this kind of language and claim to be a journalist..This is typical yellow journalism,” Justice Kant said.

The bench rejected the argument of the appellant’s counsel that his actions would fall within the exception to Section 501 as the publication was made in good faith.

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