Nepali media and Judiciary

N. P. Upadhyaya

Media has a tremendous role in building and educating the society. Media at best could well be taken as a tool that provides the pulse beat of the nation. It should speak the people’s voice. The media should remain ever alert in disseminating news that informs the people. It must act like a bridge in between the ruling set up and the common denizens.

Nepali media too has come of its age. We are pleased to observe the grand positive leap the Nepali media has taken of late. Naturally, I for one, have reasons to rejoice because the time and situation wherein I joined this profession was simply different than what we have now. Total darkness. Total control. Fear of being penalized lurked every minute in those frightening days. Yet the pen did not stop and we at this paper came to this state.

Finally, it was the democratic system which sharpened the pen. The result is there for all to see.

I have learnt a lot from the new technologies that have sneaked into this domain quite for some time now. We are enjoying and trying to cope up with the burgeoning challenges that lay ahead of all of us.

Ready to face the challenges, come what may.

So I was talking what the Nepali media should do and what not.

I am puzzled a little bit these days whether our professional colleagues, seniors if any? and juniors many, were toeing the media ethics in both letter and spirit? Or else why the media of late have begun encouraging the honorable justices to make speeches that have definitely political overtones?

I was dumbfounded just last week when I heard the retired Honorable Chief Justice Ram Prasad Shrestha making tall claims that he accomplished this and that and like a political man he also served sermons to his juniors to toe the line what he adopted during his short tenure as CJ of Nepal.

Undoubtedly, Justice Shrestha did an excellent job for which he deserves deep appreciation from all. But care should also be taken while making appreciation efforts for all what he did so that he does not begin making tall claims glorifying his own personality as he is, sorry to say, has been doing in an unwarranted manner.

I beg your pardon Honorable Mr. Shrestha.

Don’t make political statements. Keep quiet. Your profession demands praise from the common citizens but not from you yourself.

In the past, Justice Shrestha was made an icon of Nepali judiciary. He is the one. But he did what he had to. He penalized the corrupt one which he had to. He performed his job in an excellent manner.

We are here to praise for all what you did Honorable Justice Mr. Shrestha. It doesn’t look nice that you yourself begin talking high of yourself.

Take care. The fact is that the new Honorable CJ of Nepal too has begun making political statements though in an indirect manner. Perhaps he has already copied which he should have summarily ignored.

But then the fault lay with the media. We have, let’s admit, encouraged non-partisan men to make lectures which were definitely loaded with political connotations.

Let politics be played by dirty politicians. We have high regard for the judiciary. We wish the Honorable Justices talk less and accomplish tasks more.

Refrain from making political sort of statements. The independence of judiciary will be the hardest hit if this trend continues for long.

We wish that the CJ and the rest of the honorable justices do not get lured by the publicity stunt, as the people have already taken those statements made in the recent past by Honorable Justices.

We count on you. We repose trust on you. We wish that you penalize all those corrupt who are yet to come to the open and brought to book.

Let deeds count but not the words. Self praise is no recommendation.

Take it easy. We do not wish to demean your Himalayan prestige and courage with which you have assured the citizens that you will chase the corrupts. What an encouraging assurance. Definitely it is the one for which we longed for.

With highest regards to you Honorable Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi. Proximity with the media is not that bad but if it is an excessive one then that may boomerang. Don’t get lured. A modest appeal.

The media too must not exceed its duties. We are bound by ethics.

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