New Delhi: Noting that freedom of press is not absolute, eminent jurist Soli Sorabjee on Thursday said there could not be a media trial in every case. Freedom of press is not absolute and it can be restricted, Sorabjee said adding there is a need to regulate the media in the country.
Speaking at a panel discussion on Self-Regulation of the Media organised by Indian Women Press Corps (IWPC), he said the media has to be regulated and there cannot be a media trial of everything.
"It has been seen that when a certain case is in court, the media starts a parallel trial, which is not good. Yes, the media has done a lot good in certain cases like Jessica Lal murder case but there can't be a media trial to everything. Let the court first decide on a matter, then the media can criticise," he said.
However, he said court can't frame guidelines as it is the job of the legislature.