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.
In their Udta Punjab and Perumal Murugan rulings, the courts missed an opportunity to lay down some fundamental principles
BY PRASHANT REDDY THIKKAVARAPU| IN BOOKS |09/06/2016
Sue the Messenger is a breezy read by Subir Ghosh and Paranjoy Guha Thakurta of recent SLAPP cases in India.
The central flaw in Justice Dipak Misra’s criminal defamation ruling is equating right to reputation with right to free speech as a fundamental right.
Three policemen guilty of killing two innocent persons in 1997 sued Zee for defamation. They have won. Is this a flawed judgement?
Coverage of Bharat Biotech’s Zika ‘’vaccine’’ was almost totally uncritical despite the dubiousness of the claim.
The Star News and IBN7 cases show how the courts are failing to hold the media to account.
Between the state and some high courts, free speech is constantly under attack. The Assam Rifles order is only the latest in a string of diktats.
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 Reporter Akhilesh (@Akhilesh_ET) is a parody Twitter handle that has been trolling three ET journos for their friendly coverage of  Akhilesh Yadav and the Samajwadi Party in UP. Two of them have blocked it. Akhilesh (with the CM's photo) turned an ET reporter tweets:"Actually I'm finding journalism better & safer. I can continue making fact free claims & don't even have to worry about my job every 5 years." And this one alluding to the terror accused acquitted after 12 years in jail: "Raja Bhaiyya says even he can prove that he was in college while people were killed by crocodiles in his pond. Let me talk to ET office."                    

Former  journalist and human rights activist Teesta Setalvad who is a constant bugbear for the present government, and frequently the target of investigations,  is launching her memoir on Feb  24 at the Literature Live! event hosted and curated by Anil Dharkar in Mumbai. Titled Foot Soldier Of The Constitution it  traces her   experiences  during the Mumbai riots as well as  the Gujarat riots in 2002among other events and influences which shaped her life.    

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