Essay On Right To Fair Trial

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ABSTRACT “The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” Malcolm X The advent of the internet has greatly enhanced the powers of the Media in India, and in the World at large. It connects the people together and plays a very important role in shaping the general public’s perspective about other people by what they publish and therefore have a strong command on public opinion. The situation turns acutely problematic when an accused in a certain case is put to trial with sufficient bias and painted in Demonic colors by the Media, even before the Judicial Procedure had been initiated, thereby interfering with his ‘Right to Fair Trial’ Here, the ‘right to fair trial of the accused comes directly in conflict with the ‘right to freedom of speech and expression’ of the media, which cannot be de-prioritized in any manner. Trial by Media is a…show more content…
This is a very basic principle of criminal jurisprudence and has been accepted by the judiciaries worldwide. Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights explicitly proclaims the Right to fair trial of an accused, while in the United States, the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, and in Europe, Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights, as well as numerous other constitutions and declarations throughout the world emphasize on the right to fair trial of an accused. Judicial impartibility was recognized as a vital right along with the right to fair trial in the Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct, 2002. These principles were later presented in the UN Commission on Human Rights in 2003 and were approved by the member nations and accepted as Universal Principles . This right has also been recognized under Right to Life guaranteed by Article 21 of the Indian

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