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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The Bombay High Court granted anticipatory bail  to journalist Poonam Agarwal  and triple amputee war veteran Deepchand on 26 April in the Quint sting operation case  They were both charged under Section 3 and 7 of the Official Secrets Act and under the IPC for abetting suicide by police in Nashik Maharashtra. The case was registered after the body of gunner Roy Mathew was found inside an abandoned barrack, days after he featured in a sting operation by The Quint. It sought to expose the army's sahayak system.                      

The story on India having slipped  three places in the international press freedom rankings is one several newspapers have carried. It is based on an index of press freedom report by the global media watchdog Reporters Without Borders which says that journalists  are less free under the Modi government due to threats from Hindu nationalists.The Economic Times had the story too, with the headline India slips in media freedom ranking: Report. But the report has now been removed.  And, hold your breath, TOI removed the story too! Self censorship?                      
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