THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said strict action will be taken against lawyers who block media persons at court premises. “The court is not the private property of lawyers. And, it is not they who decide on who should enter the court and who should not,” said Pinarayi after inaugurating the state conference of Kerala Union of Working Journalists in Kochi.
Pinarayi said media persons and lawyers are persons who ought not to have fought with each other. The lawyers should not have the feeling that they are on par with the judges in terms of authority. The lawyers’ recent action was an encroachment on the freedom of press and breach of law. “If their intention is to break the law, the government will interfere as it is its responsibility.”
Recalling the steps taken by the government to dissolve the issue and the high court’s and the high court registrar’s clarification that there is no ban on media at courts, Pinarayi said a division in the lawyers’ fraternity was trouble-makers and such persons should be isolated. “I had also met the chief justice personally and he too had clarified that media was free to enter the court. And what happened at Vanchiyoor court yesterday was totally unacceptable.”
Pinarayi also took a dig at today’s media scenario. “Media is facing several challenges these days. Now it is like any one can start a media organisation. Foreign investment in the media field will affect the job security of people. Corporates have started conquering the media sector. Nowadays corporates’ opinions are reflected in news reports,” he added.