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Updated: April 25, 2012 16:08 IST

SC guidelines on court reporting 'tantamount to another kind of Emergency', asserts Kuldip Nayar

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A file picture of veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar duirng a public function in Bangalore. Photo: G. P. Sampath Kumar.
The Hindu A file picture of veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar duirng a public function in Bangalore. Photo: G. P. Sampath Kumar.

Veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar on Wednesday said he would lead a movement against the proposed Supreme Court guidelines to the media on court reporting which he termed as ‘tantamount to another kind of Emergency.”

“I will oppose the guidelines if the Apex Court tries to impose restrictions on freedom of the press. Though I hold the Chief Justice of India in high esteem, the issue of guidelines for media is tantamount to another kind of emergency,” he said speaking at the V K Narasimhan Centenary Homage ceremony here.

Mr. Nayar said if information is restricted in a democracy, readers would not know what is happening.

Expressing disappointment about present day journalism, he said it has become “conformist, obedient and does not report something which is uncomfortable for the Government”.

He said journalism today has not risen to the expected standards and called on young scribes to learn from the lives of renowned journalists like of V K Narasimhan.

Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan, who was present, released an autobiographical work on Narasimhan titled “God’s Own Marxist”.

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