Calcutta High Court: Sensationalism is a curse to responsive and responsible journalism

The bench comprising of Chief Justice Thottathil B Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee observed that sensationalism is a curse to responsive and responsible journalism (Durga Padda Mallick v. Election commission of India and others)

A plea seeking enforcement of Section 126(1)(b) of Representation of People’s Act which bars the display of election matters on television or through cinematography or other similar media during 48hrs of the period with hour fixed for conclusion of polls.

The petitioner has highlighted that maybe media and publishing houses will violate this provision.

The court ensured that the concerned authorities will maintain and ensure strict obedience to the law.

Senior counsel Rakesh Dwivedi who appeared for the election commission of India has given their recorded submission to the court, that election rallies in West Bengal have been stopped, there is no reason to apprehend a breach of section 126 of the Representation of People Act.

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