BRAND-NEW DELHI: Speaking fact to power as well as standing up a mirror to culture is an enormous obligation that is exceptionally tough to meet as well as there is massive stress as well as tension upon reporters, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana stated on Wednesday.
“In the contemporary world, performing duty as a journalist is akin to dancing on razor’s edge,” he stated.
“As someone who started his professional career as a journalist, I can understand your difficulties and struggles,” the CJI stated in a keynote address at the Red Ink Awards 2021, granted for quality in journalism.”
“You are on your feet for long hours and constantly on call and working. Holidays are few and far between and finding time to spend with family is difficult. The stress on your family is also immense. The wages too are not very encouraging. Women, particularly beyond metros, still find it difficult to gain a foothold in the profession,” he stated.
Further, the CJI that those that are offering in problem areas agree to risk their lives.
“Those on regular beats are also no longer safe. Some of those in powerful positions, both political leaders and bureaucracy, the mafia of all shades, and those on the wrong side of the law – none of them are comfortable with the professional journalists. As a result, you keep getting unpleasant and disturbing messages. I know it is not easy for you and your families to deal with such threats. Another worrisome trend is the concerted effort to bracket journalists into a particular category. I can imagine how painful it is,” he stated.
Yet, he emphasized, “it is an extremely satisfying profession to pursue. It is often said that the legal profession is a noble profession. I can state that the journalist’s job is as noble and is an integral pillar of democracy. Like the legal professional, a journalistAalso needs to have a strong moral fibre and moral compass. Your conscience is your guide in this profession”.
He additionally kept in mind that the liberty of journalism is a beneficial as well as spiritual ideal preserved in the Indian Constitution.
“Without such freedom, there cannot be discussion and debate that is essential for the growth of democracy. There can be no flow of information that the public requires, and that democracy demands,” he included.