Its been a colourful history over seven decades of free speech rights being upheld and diluted in turn, as courts struggled with challenges.
The Film Certification Appellate Tribunal’s decisions to overrule or concur with CBFC’s rulings to deny /grant certification are equally questionable
Although the judgment has declined to find newspaper managements guilty of contempt, it has settled 4 questions of law which will have far reaching implications for journalists and newspapers in India.
Justice Endlaw fell back on a far-reaching principle rather than jurisdiction to dismiss the case before him,
While the press protection law signals to police and prosecutors that protecting journalists is high on the political agenda, it dilutes protections they already have as citizens,
The Quint’s Poonam Agarwal petitions the apex court on the OSA charge, defends her sting on the army’s sahayak system, and demands a court inquiry into a soldier’s death.
It falls for the specious arguments put forward for a media gag by three lawyers accused of sexual harassment.
But the case shows how contempt is misused by the courts to crush critical reports quickly while the final ruling takes years to come.
A private member’s bill by a BJD MP seeks to repeal the criminal defamation law and codify civil defamation. The Hoot has a copy of this media-friendly bill.
Over-reaching itself yet again, the Election Commission now wants to ban political ads in print for 48 hours before an election.
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An impressive  battery of lawyers lined up by Rupert Murdoch’s Star India have succeeded in securing for the broadcaster an SC ruling which ensures that Prasar Bharati will no longer be able to air the mandatory sharing of sports feed on cable TV networks and pay DTH platforms.  Star India has estimated a subscription loss of Rs 970 crore and a loss of advertising revenue to the extent of Rs 245 crore since 2007 because of DD’s practice. The court has limited DD’s telecast of matches to its terrestrial network  and its Freedish. (Daily Post)                                                            

Sometimes the police balk at registering a case against a politician. Sometimes they register it and tell journalists at the same time that the allegations are baseless. Which makes you wonder with how much conviction the case will be investigated. HT reports that the Karnal police booked BJP MLA Bakshish Singh Virk and some 200 others for their alleged involvement in an attack on a journalist in Assandh.  The DSP told a reporter that an FIR had been registered but the case seemed politically motivated and without basis.                               

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