A vibrant and independent press is essential to democracy, but freedom of speech and expression cannot be a license for people “armed with half-baked facts” and “little or unfamiliar with the justice system” for ” abuse” of the justice system, the Kerala High Court said on Monday referring to the media attention generated by actor Dileep’s early bail plea.
While granting early bail to the actor and others accused of threatening officers investigating the actress’ 2017 assault case and conspiring to root them out, the court said the media Mainstream television and social media had commented on how the proceedings had unfolded in the present case.
“The submissions made in court during the hearing were dissected and intensely discussed,” observed Judge Gopinath P.
The court added: “The existence of a vibrant, independent and free press is undoubtedly essential to democracy.
“The Constitutional Courts of this country have been zealous in protecting freedom of speech and expression, but that cannot be a license for people armed with half-baked facts with little or no knowledge of how the system works. judiciary and little or no knowledge of the fundamental legal principles that govern it, abuse the justice delivery system,” the court said.
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