The acting Chief Justice of AP High Court N.V. Ramana has suggested to the media to follow ‘principles of natural justice’ as in law for fair and balanced reporting.

In law, he said, ‘principles of natural justice’ meant giving a fair chance to the accused or respondent of being heard. The media should also observe the rule while reporting anything adverse about an individual or institution, Justice Ramana said after releasing Telugu translation of two books written by former Deputy Editor of The Hindu, R.J. Rajendra Prasad and published by his family. He appealed to the media not to sensationalise news but regretted that all channels, except one or two, indulged in it out of competition. Chief Editor and Managing Director of Mahaa TV I. Venkat Rao, who was a long-time friend of late Rajendra Prasad, said the latter maintained highest ethical standards. Mr. Rao recalled an apology tendered by former Union Minister Madhava Rao Scindia to The Hindu Editor after realising that his complaint against Prasad was wrong.

Former chairman of State Council for Higher Education C. Subba Rao said Prasad presented NTR as a tragic figure without using a single metaphor. Retired IAS officer K. Lakshminarayana, former chairman of Press Academy K. Srinivas Reddy and D. Amar, former Director of I&PR C.V. Narasimha Reddy and Padmashri awardee Narayana also spoke.