STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Press Council of India asks media not to carry out a ‘parallel trial’

Publishing information based on gossip about the line of investigation by the official agencies on the crime committed is not desirable.

Published: 29th August 2020 10:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th August 2020 10:05 AM   |  A+A-

Journalists

For representational purposes (Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Taking strong note of the coverage of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case by some media outlets, the Press Council of India (PCI) on Friday said the media should adhere to the norms of journalistic conduct in covering cases under investigation and is advised not to carry out its own “parallel trial”. 

“The media should not narrate the story in a manner so as to induce the general public to believe in the complicity of the person indicted. Publishing information based on gossip about the line of investigation by the official agencies on the crime committed is not desirable. It is not advisable to vigorously report crime related issues on a day to day basis and comment on the evidence without ascertaining the factual matrix. Such reporting brings undue pressure in the course of fair investigation and trial,” the PCI said in a statement.  

It also advised the media to refrain from giving “excessive publicity” to the “victim, witnesses, suspects and accused”. The norm prohibits publishing stories about suicide prominently and advises the media not to unduly repeat such stories, it added.                  

More from Nation.

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp