The Allahabad High Court dismissed a PIL seeking monitoring of journalism courses and subsequent registration of journalists before they are considered for jobs.
The court said there was ample scope for having different views on the matter and, if there came a point in time when such a need was felt, then society may frame such a policy.
The PIL was filed by Saksham Dwivedi, Akash Dwivedi and four others, all students of journalism and law in various institutes. Press Council of India (PCI), through its Chairman, had been made the respondent in the PIL.
A division bench of Chief Justice Shiva Kirti Singh and Justice Vikram Nath dismissed the PIL after hearing Akash, one of the petitioners, Thursday.
The PIL demanded a law or a policy governing journalism courses and award of degrees and subsequent registration of those successfully completing the course.
It was argued that only then ‘a meaningful identity’ would be created for journalists and they could be recognised for the purpose of jobs.
The court, however, said: “The views noted above are only one side of the coin. The other side of the coin may require journalists not to be controlled by governmental regulations. Different professions require different environments to simply make professional service meaningful. This writ petition has been filed on the premises that profession of journalism is similar to that of a doctor or lawyer. There is enough scope to have different views on this matter.’'
The court said the matter did not require court intervention. “With passage of time, the society may feel the need and may come together to frame a policy or law to regulate this profession also,’’ the court said.
It may be recalled that PCI Chairman Justice Markandey Katju had instituted a three-member committee in March to suggest minimum standards for a journalist.