The need of the hour is for journalists to stay united, to display a sense of fraternity.
A temporary injunction against publishing follow up stories on a subject, if left open-ended, can assume the nature of a near permanent injunction.
“If information on the affairs of close relatives of powerful politicians is to be withheld by the media, the only result will be the secrecy of power that will spawn all manner of corruption,” say the DUJ and NAJ.
Like the New York Times v. Sullivan case fifty years ago, The Wire defamation case too is about the “breathing space” of free speech, criticism and truth.
Judge was told senior advocate S.V. Raju could not be present as he was busy in the high court.
Permission was sought – and given – two days before The Wire’s article on the BJP president’s son had even appeared.