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We respect Supreme Court's order on media trial. Arshad Madani

Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind has been fighting a case in the Supreme Court since April 7, 2020 against the media's biased reporting. We respect Supreme Court's order on media trial: Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Irresponsible behavior of biased media is dissolving the poison of communalism in the society: Maulana Arshad Madani New Delhi: 14 September 2023 President Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Maulana Arshad Madani expressed his reaction to the Supreme Court's order regarding the media trial and said that we value this strict instruction of the court. He said that Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind on April 7, 2020 had filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the biased TV channels and the sectarian print media who are deliberately conspiring to tarnish the image of the Tablighi Jamaat and especially the Muslims, and spread hatred between Hindus and Muslims by linking the corona virus to the Tabligh Markaz of Nizamuddin. On this petition 15 hearings have been held so far, in which senior advocate Dushyant Dave and Sanjay Hegde and other lawyers have been appearing on behalf of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind. But no final order has been made yet. Because the central government is acting evasively, but our struggle to rein in the biased media will continue until a positive result is achieved, If Allah wills. Maulana Madani, in response to a question, said that the constitution has given every citizen of the country complete freedom of expression, but under the guise of freedom of expression, we are strongly against the deliberate harassment, assassination of character of minorities and Muslims in particular and incitement spread by the media. But in recent years, the continuous negative reporting against Muslims by the biased media, especially the electronic media, has threatened the freedom and lives of Muslims, which is clearly against the basic rights of Right to Life given in the Constitution. He further said that the poison of sectarianism that a large section of the media is infusing in the society through its reporting is more dangerous than the corona virus. It is sad that these biased news channels, instead of discussing the basic issues of the people, continue to spread hatred in a planned manner. Through debates and discussions such reports are being shown to create communal atmosphere in the society, and increase religious extremism, and allow those who engage in the politics of hate to grow their politics. Maulana Madani said that a large section of the society becomes the judge in the case of minorities, weaker sections and especially Muslims, and it has become a common thing to present the accused as a criminal, as in the past similar behavior has been taken with people arrested on charges of terrorism and riots. But alas, when later the court declares them innocent and honorably acquitted, the media becomes totally silent. They run breaking news on arrest, and don't even show one line news on acquittal, we have hundreds of examples of this. An important example of this is Mufti Abdul Qayyum and his associates in the Akshar Dham temple attack case, who were sentenced to death and life imprisonment by the lower court. But when this matter reached the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court not only honorably acquitted all the accused, including Mufti Abdul Qayyum, but also issued an order to take action against the guilty officers. No media reported any news on their acquittal. But when he was arrested, the media had already presented them to the people as criminal. This dual attitude of the media is very worrying for the country and the minorities, he questioned that those who flout the constitution in the name of freedom of expression and one-sided reporting can be loyal to the country? In fact, this attitude of the media is causing a great loss not to the Muslims but to the country, in such a situation it is important that strict action should be taken against those who create hatred in the society. I am very hopeful that the court will give an order on the petition of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind which will end this game of hatred forever. However, the recent order of the Supreme Court, in which the Union Home Minister has been directed to prepare the regulations within three months, is an important development. It is to be hoped that the government will now not only understand the sensitivity and importance of this order but will also frame a regulation for the media to curb it. At the end, Maulana Madani said that the unrestrained and irresponsible reporting of the media benefits the sectarians, but it will not be easy to compensate for the damage that has been done to the peace and unity of the country, so the media trial should be strictly banned. ...END...

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