BY PRASHANT THIKKAVARAPU| IN JUDGEMENTS |06/06/2017
A High Court judge says an apology for defamation is often better than damages. The argument is intriguing, but flawed.
The distinction between self-imposed ethics and legal remedies is being blurred by an activist judiciary which has begun to issue writs to private organizations.
The Indian Express’ tendency to rely on anonymous sources has surfaced again, this time in a ‘nudge, nudge, wink wink’ piece on Justice Chelameshwar
But even after codification the legislature can legally codify its privileges in a manner which clearly violates fundamental rights.
Sloppiness by journalists and misuse of contempt powers by judges results in poor reporting.
The truly astonishing aspect of this episode is the fact that the Central Government achieved its goal without having a single one of its ministers or bureaucrats speak on the record.
BY PRASHANT THIKKAVARAPU| IN DEFAMATION |21/04/2014
Once the SC has created a right of privacy over all events not in the public record, it opens the door to censorship of any reporting on such events.
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NDTV reports that two journalists will be sent to jail  after Karnataka's lawmakers decided they should be punished for two-year-old articles in tabloids that were allegedly defamatory about some of them including Speaker KB Koliwad who is from the Congress. It was an unanimous resolution and a first in the state's history. NDTV says the journalists are Ravi Belagere of Hi Bangalore and Anil Raju of Yelahanka Voice - both Kannada tabloids. The journalists plan to approach the Karnataka High Court.                       

Employees of the Hindustan Times were told on June 20 that because of the difficult period the company went through last year, and the continuing "challenge on revenues" there will be no salary increase this year.  A Variable Performance Bonus has been paid to "all eligible people," and  a special fixed monthly payment was announced  (for the period Apr’17-Mar’18) for those people whose relative salary is low. This will be done across HT Digital Streams, HT Media Ltd, and Hindustan Media Ventures Ltd.           

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