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.
A new court order in a defamation case finally tilts the balance slightly in favour of journalists and bloggers and against powerful corporations.
BSES Limited, a company in the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG), has sought a stupendous Rs 5,000 crore as damages from BCCL for a series of stories in August based on a draft CAG report.
Defamation cases against the media are being filed thick and fast in 2015, with the pace picking up as the year wears on.
Indians are routinely subjected to government surveillance on a staggering scale -7500 to 9000 telephone interception orders by the Central Government each month!
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.
Were they killed for their work? Were they involved in other, personal interests, which spilled over into their professional lives? Did their professional and personal enemies conspire to kill them?
The law of criminal defamation has several ramifications, affecting the right to privacy and contempt too