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The Karnataka High Court has urged local news channels and electronic media platforms to be extremely careful and diligent while reporting on the Court orders, especially with regard to sensitive issues pertaining to COVID-19.
The Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice BV Nagarathna opined that if the orders of the High Court are misquoted, then the same might instil panic in the minds of people.
"The media must ensure that no part of the stand taken by the State Government or no part of the orders passed by this Court should be misinterpreted or misquoted. The electronic media must note that if there is no accurate reporting of the proceedings before the Court, the stand of the State Government and other agencies before the Court and the orders passed by this Court, it may create confusion amongst the citizens and may spread panic. The cause of confusion and panic can be misrepresentation of the orders of this Court by the media."
Karnataka High Court