Media must file authentic reports: Rights panel chief

New Delhi, Dec 19: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairman K.G. Balakrishnan said Thursday that media reports must be authentic as these form the basis of taking up cases of human rights violation suo motu by bodies like the NHRC.

“The commission has taken suo motu cognisance of many issues of human rights violations on the basis of media reports. However, subsequently, in some cases, it also came to light that the contents were not fully correct,” Balakrishnan said here.

“Given the importance attached by society to their work, they (media) should make sure that their reports are authentic,” he said.

He was speaking at a day-long workshop for people working in the media titled, “Media and Human Rights: Issues and Challenges,” organised by the NHRC and the Indian Law Institute.