Patna High’s Court’s order restraining electronic and print media in India from covering the actual investigation of the CBI in the children shelter home sex scandal is contested by the Editors Guild of India.
In a letter addressed to the Chief Justice, The Guild is asking that this restraining order given on August 23 be squashed. “The Guild is distressed to note that the court, instead of protecting media freedom, has issued an order that had effectively curbed it…such restrictions on reporting investigations into a matter of public importance are counterproductive,” the members wrote in the letter.
For the Editors, the media is one pillar of democracy and the growing trend of courts issuing restraint order is a matter of deep concern.
On the 23rd of August, the division bench of Chief justice Mr Shah and justice Ravi Ranjan order media from covering the ongoing CBI investigation because the court believes too many leaks of information will benefit other suspects in that case and seriously hamper the investigation of the case.
Patna High Court’s order restraining media coverage in sex scandal contested by The Guild