News broadcasters condole Justice Verma’s demise

23 Apr,2013

By A Correspondent


Justice (Retd) J S Verma, Chairperson News Broadcasting Standards Authority and former Chief Justice of India and Former Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission passed away late yesterday after a brief illness.


He is survived by his wife and two daughters who along with their families were with him at the time of his demise.


Justice Verma was appointed the first Chairperson of the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA), a self-regulatory body set up by News Broadcasters Association (NBA) on October 2, 2008. He believed that self-regulation in the broadcast media is the best way forward in achieving a balance between the media’s duty to empower the participatory role of the people in governance. In his frequent interaction with members of NBA he would tell them that in a democracy, it was the media’s duty to inform the people of everything of significance; but the right to inform did not include the right to misinform as the media’s right is no greater than an individual’s right, which was again subject to reasonable restrictions. He advised members that self-regulation was the best way so that there was no occasion for any outside intervention to regulate. During the last four years of his association with NBSA, he took proactive steps to ensure that broadcasting standards improve.


The NBA issued a statement echoing the electronic news broadcasting fraternity’s sentiments in mourning the passing away of the “extraordinary person who lived by his principles and convictions until the very end”.


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