Is this Freedom of Press or a Cheap Publicity Stunt?
I happened to see this video in Youtube. I don't know when this interview was shot nor do I have an understanding of that particular incident. In this video Ram Jethmalani former Union law minister and the most famous criminal lawyer in India is being interviewed by Sagarika Ghosh, wife of Rajdeep Sardesai, one of the owners of IBN channel.
This video is a perfect example of what print/visual media will do to sensationalize a sensitive issue. In the name of freedom of press, the journalist can ask any crappy question to any one. Here Sagarika is asking Jethmalani why he is defending an accused when the entire public opinion and press says that accused is a culprit. Even after Ram Jethmalani tells her that it is the courts that should decide if a person is guilty or not and it is his duty as a lawyer to represent his client in court, she keeps on repeating the same question in hundred different ways. I am sure an Oxford educated lady like Sagarika knows that everyone has the right to be represented in the court of law. I like the way Jethmalani replied back to her questions. He is so senior and established that he doesn't have to fear a media outrage against him.
If we go with Sagarika's argument then, we don't need any courts at all. We need some TV channels like IBN and some newspapers and they can pass the judgment of who is guilty and who is not.
Labels: Current Affairs, Indian Politics, You Tube