It’s taken 11 years for justice to prevail in the Jessica Lall murder case, but it has prevailed, and a murderer will finally remain where he belongs.
Still, while upholding the high court’s verdict of life imprisonment for the killer, the Supreme Court has also indicted the press for conducting what it calls a trial by the media.
The court’s observations come at a time when the Fourth Estate has come under increasing pressure to regulate itself. Otherwise, the argument goes, it could find itself being regulated.
This paper believes in the freedom of the media. And it is all for the media adopting cases where the interests of justice are not being served. But while it believes that media should conduct its own independent investigations, it also believes that newspapers and television channels should refrain from passing judgement and let readers and viewers reach their own.
So, to agree and disagree with the court, the media should try the accused, but it is the courts and the public that should judge them.